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Low Income Families

Childhood Bed-Sharing

Paul C. Rosenblatt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul C. Rosenblatt

Last week a student asked me if it was a bad thing for brothers to share a bed while growing up. He said he had and his brother had shared a bed when...

Moms Say, "Don't Make Policy About Us, Without Us!"

Linda Meric | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Linda Meric

Low-income moms know the truth of how policies fail, and their knowledge is critical to change them.

WATCH: Share A Bowl Of Love: How This Ohio Soup Shack Is Saving Lives

HooplaHa | Posted 07.05.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

This top chef wants to share her love of food to help others! La Soupe is a French roadside soup shack that mixes the cooking talents of owner, Suzy D...

Glenda And The $8 Transformation

Francis Slakey | Posted 06.17.2016 | Technology
Francis Slakey

How do you solve those dogged social problems, the really painful ones, the ones that draw the harsh contrasts between rich and poor, privileged and disadvantaged? Well, sometimes, the solution emerges from the smallest of steps and in the most unexpected of places. It begins with just one person, eight dollars, and a vision.

7 Paths that Seed the Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven individuals from South America to East Africa that have projects that are literally seeding c...

Living Up To Promises Made to Families In DC's Budget Negotiations

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.20.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

It's time to stop pretending children can succeed when their parents don't.

Special Access is $60+ Billion in Annual Revenues; Overcharging of Local Phone Customers is Over $121+ Billion from Cross-Subsidies for Just 5 Years*

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

*NOTE: This five-year period covers 2010 through 2014, the last available data. There has been a good deal of movement regarding the hidden networks ...

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.

School District Invests in "Erasing the Look & Feel of Poverty," Sees Big Returns

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
MeiMei Fox

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years. For these students, poverty brings a...

Diapers or Food? A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us take for granted.

The Dark Side for a First-Generation College Graduate

Dallas Rico | Posted 01.21.2017 | Education
Dallas Rico

We celebrate individuals from low-income families who graduate college despite the odds. And rightfully so. Obtaining a Bachelor's (or Master's or Doctorate) degree is an achievement in and of itself. We applaud those individuals and are genuinely happy for them. But no one ever talks about how lonely they feel.

Repealing Obamacare Would Hurt the Disadvantaged and the GOP

Algernon Austin | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Obamacare has led to an historic increase in health insurance coverage for low- and moderate-income Americans. Republican plans for health insurance reform will likely cover fewer people, provide fewer benefits to low-income individuals, and possibly increase the federal deficit.

Innovative Community Organizations Lead New Efforts to Build Family Economic Security

Carla Thompson | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Carla Thompson

Ensuring parents are financially stable sets children on a better path to success. And we know that focusing on two generations simultaneously enables children and families to succeed together.

Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.

Jimmy Ramirez | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Jimmy Ramirez

If our city governments insist on privatizing the development of affordable housing, which the District has done for the past 30 years, then it is the responsibility of that same government to step in when market forces come up short.

Obama Administration Takes Historic Step Toward Solar Equality, But Much Work Remains

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Senator Catherine Pugh

To date, the benefits of solar power have tended to accrue primarily to wealthier families, while low-income families continued to struggle with rising energy costs. Many low-income families face a "heat or eat" dilemma.

Higher Minimum Wage Strengthens Labor Unions

Harlan Green | Posted 05.21.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Unions may have been weakened by Republican efforts to eliminate labor's collective bargaining rights (which in turn weakens their support of Democratic Party policies), but that may be changing as unions have found a new cause: working to raise minimum wages.

End of Tax Season Brings Brighter Futures for Tens of Thousands

Bob Annibale | Posted 05.06.2016 | New York
Bob Annibale

With Tax Day now behind us, it's time to recognize Lisa and the thousands of New Yorkers who are now on their way to building a healthier financial future and identity, thanks to one of the nation's most successful anti-poverty measures -- the Earned Income Tax Credit.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

From Poverty to a Privileged Campus

Robin Spiess | Posted 03.28.2016 | College
Robin Spiess

When we allow ourselves to treat the topic of money as taboo, we force ourselves to bury those parts of our lives that could make others uncomfortable -- but those parts of our lives are often the most defining of our characters and our motivations.

Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide

Brandon Roberts | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

Despite the U.S. economic recovery, low-wage jobs have accounted for almost 60 percent of the employment gains since 2010. As a result, the number of low-income working families has been growing and now represents almost a third of all U.S. working families.

Don't Leave Children Short

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Congress must stop playing politics with children and pass four more years of funding for CHIP and MIECHV as part of the "doc fix" package if millions of children are not to be left with uncertainty and at greater risk. We need to ensure our children are healthy, supported, and strong if they are going to be able to support our growing number of seniors in the future.

Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Absenteeism matters. It is more strongly associated with dropping out than low test scores. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. Their families may not have the ability to advocate for proper services for students with learning or physical disabilities.

Mayor de Blasio Turns 'Jekyll and Hyde' on City's Low-Income Families

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

As Mayor de Blasio shared his vision for expanding New York City's affordable housing stock, many of us who have been involved in advocating for better housing conditions for the poor wondered, "affordable for whom?"

How Obama's Free Tuition Plan Can Actually Help Low Income Families

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.13.2015 | College

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a plan that, if approved by Congress, would dedicate about $60 billion over 10 years to allow students to ...

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (3 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

This is the last in a series of three posts sharing the story of Myong, a refugee from Vietnam who was receiving counseling from Asian Neighborhood Design, the social service agency I ran in 1983.