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Have You Heard of #GivingTuesday?

Sid Mohn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

This year, as you're searching for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer, consider that it may not be a sweater or the latest gadget. It can be as easy as sharing that moment of change through #GivingTuesday and changing the reality we see every day on the streets.

Marriage Can't End Poverty

Sid Mohn | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

To say that marriage would end homelessness, illness, joblessness and injustice -- issues at the core of poverty -- simply doesn't make sense. Getting married doesn't put a roof over your head, treat your illnesses, or get you a better job.

Where Did the Good Jobs Go?

Sid Mohn | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Several days ago, the Labor Department released its most recent figures -- 192,000 new jobs were created in March. That's good news, right? Not necessarily. It's not just the quantity of jobs but the quality that matters, and the quality isn't there.

Last Call for Healthcare

Sid Mohn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

In less than a week, the deadline to apply for coverage under the ACA will be upon us. It's our last window of opportunity to do something great -- to better the health of those most likely to live with chronic, untreated health conditions while simultaneously improving the bottom line of our nation's health care system.

Poverty: Laziness or Lack of Opportunity?

Sid Mohn | Posted 05.19.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Even with the crucial anti-poverty programs we have in place, these are new and emerging faces of poverty -- the very opposite of the picture of poverty Ryan paints.

Left Out in the Cold

Sid Mohn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Last year 6,276 people were found to be homeless in Chicago, a number that is tallied by way of a one-night count.

A Call to Arms in the War on Poverty

Sid Mohn | Posted 03.10.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Modern day poverty is more complex, more damaging, and more pervasive than it was 50 years ago. Much like modern warfare, our success in combating it lies in our ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

A Hero's Legacy

Sid Mohn | Posted 02.21.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Earlier this month, we lost one of the greatest champions of the movement to end poverty -- Nelson Mandela. Today he's someone we all revere, a hero unwavering in his dedication to ending some of the most persistent injustices of our time. But he wasn't always seen that way.

Can You Feed a Family on Less Than $7.42?

Sid Mohn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

As a nation that values hard work, determination, and climbing the rungs into success and independence, cutting funds for the safety net that makes those first steps possible is not only against our values, it's cruel.

Working for the Workers

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifFor those fighting to escape poverty, getting a job isn't as simple as filling out an application and waiting for a call back.

Taking Aim at Chronic Unemployment and Poverty

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

Almost 23 million people remain unemployed or underemployed, and poverty continues to grip over 46 million Americans. On top of that, large numbers of adults and out of school youth in the United States are chronically unemployed.

Subsidized and Transitional Jobs: Critical Strategies to Put America Back to Work

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAlthough the unemployment rate has slowly started to inch down, almost 23 million people remain unemployed or underemployed and there are still many more job seekers than available jobs.

7 Organizations That Create Jobs and Change Lives

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

Amidst the stagnant high unemployment rates across the country and gloomy job growth reports we've been hearing, there is good news. One approach to getting chronically unemployed Americans back to work is actually working: transitional jobs programs.

Subsidized Employment -- It's Good for Business

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif If you own a business and you haven't heard the words "subsidized employment" or "transitional jobs," you'll probably be interested to know that these effective employment solutions could help save you time and money.

Happy 152nd Birthday, Jane Addams

Sid Mohn | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

From those of us at Heartland Alliance, we wish you a happy birthday, Jane Addams. Thank you for giving us the chance to carry out your legacy and, more importantly, to end poverty once and for all.

Too Poor to Survive the Summer?

Sid Mohn | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Heat produces a complicated and dangerous set of issues for anyone who can't afford to cool themselves. The intersection of finances and heat shouldn't be this rife with tragedy. Share your resources with those who struggle in this heat wave.

Get Involved: 5 Organizations Fighting Hunger And Poverty In The U.S.

Posted 09.13.2012 | Impact

UPDATED: Sept. 13, 2012 1:35 p.m. America's poverty rate stands at 15 percent, a number that's remained fixed from the year before, according to Ce...

The Space Between

Sid Mohn | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Between a rock and a hard place is where you can work full time and still be in poverty (like 100,000 Illinoisans). It's where you can look for a job for 37 weeks -- almost 10 months -- and still not find one (that's the average here).

Immigration Detention Reform, One Year Later

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The immigration detention system will be a "truly civil detention system," one aimed at safely and humanely holding people accused of civil immigratio...