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College Admissions Odds Are Stacked Against High Achieving Low-Income Students

Harold O. Levy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Harold O. Levy

For the vast majority of students applying to top schools, the odds of acceptance pivot based on how much money their parents make. The old adage that "if you're poor and smart, you can write your own ticket" is simply no longer true. In college admissions, money counts.

The Most Beautiful Part of One Teacher's Job

Quora | Posted 10.25.2015 | Education

The most beautiful part of my job is the responses of kids and their parents when the job's all done.

This Pet Food Bank Is Keeping Animals With the Families That Love Them

Jen Reeder | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The Colorado Pet Pantry is a Denver-based nonprofit that partners with human food banks five times a month to distribute dog and cat food to local homeless and low-income people who need help feeding their pets.

Accelerating Impact Fund Managers to Spur Investments in the Base of the Pyramid

David Bank | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
David Bank

First-time fund managers have a hard time raising capital in any area of private equity. Add in low-income customers, challenging frontier markets and a requirement for demonstrable social impact and first-time social-impact fund managers face even greater obstacles.

Can Employers Help Workers Better Manage Their Money?

Andrea Levere | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Andrea Levere

Despite an improved economy and rising employment, the picture is far from rosy for the average low- to moderate-income worker. Wages have stagnated or fallen. One in four jobs pays a low-wage of less than $23,283 a year and often lacks benefits.

When an Attorney Is the Best Medicine

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
New York Legal Assistance Group

Laura, a single mother with breast cancer, no income, and no medical insurance, was over $300,000 in medical debt. While her doctors addressed her cancer, they could do little to help her deal with the devastating financial consequences of her illness.

Stop the AT&T-DirecTV Merger or History Will Slap Us in the Face

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The web is abuzz with two recent filings by AT&T -- which are being done as a desperate attempt to close the AT&T-DirecTV merger.

How I Managed to Save Money While Earning Minimum Wage

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business

For those trying to save on a low income, the savings tips they can actually apply are few and far between. It can be difficult to find examples of low-income saving success and get ideas on how to start saving in a meaningful way when your paychecks are puny to begin with.

Did Verizon NY Charge You for a Fiber Optic Service You May Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2006, the NY Public Service Commission granted Verizon NY multiple rate increases (84%) on residential phone service for "massive deployment of fiber optics" and "losses."

Verizon's 'Local Service' and Wired Networks Are Profitable Once the Slush Fund of Corporate Expenses Is Removed

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and Verizon have continuously said that it is 'uneconomical' to upgrade most areas and that the solution is to force customers onto their wireless services. But, it has all been a financial shell game.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: A Great Solution with a Major Problem

David Honig | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
David Honig

Despite popular arguments, LIHEAP is not an entitlement program. Unlike entitlement programs, LIHEAP is for families who just need a hand-up.

California Is Giving Poor Residents Solar Energy Using Polluting Companies' Dollars

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact

California's fight against global warming is providing green energy to low-income residents -- and polluting companies are footing the bill. As the...

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

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

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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.

The Latest Sign of Bike-Share's Social Equity Problem

Citylab | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business

The share of Capital Bikeshare members making more than $100,000 is growing.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

From Poverty to a Privileged Campus

Robin Spiess | Posted 06.06.2015 | 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.

St. Louis' $5 Billion Sewer Upgrade Could Bring Much-Needed Jobs

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Angela Glover Blackwell

All over the country, cities are preparing to put billions of dollars into much-needed upgrades to aging and outdated water and sewer systems.

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.

Latino Family Values No Match for Cold, Hard Cash

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In the realm of simplistic nonsense, few ideas are more insidious than the claim that you don't need money if you just, well, love each other a whole lot. This sentiment ignores the overwhelming financial stresses that clobber poor people every day.

Utilities' Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Utilities make their money by building big, new infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill. This is exactly why utilities want to eliminate policies that encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar.

Oscars' Near Misses: Poverty Documentaries

Joy Moses | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Joy Moses

In the lead up to the 87th Annual Oscars ceremony, 134 documentaries were submitted for consideration by the Academy. Only 5 were nominated. Amongst the 129 near misses, was a list of films illuminating interesting aspects of poverty in America. Here are seven of the better ones.

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.

42 Illinois Counties Made the Poverty Watch List by the Social Impact Research Center

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois' poverty rate is the highest it's been in about 55 years, says a new study by the Social Impact Research Center. It's been on a steady rise for the last fifteen years, with 14.7 percent of Illinoisans now living at or below the poverty line as defined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A New Strategy to Narrow Health Disparities: Humanizing eHealth

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

Evidence suggests that when some or all of these considerations are taken into account, health disparities can be effectively reduced -- even in populations that traditionally might not prefer new technologies, such as older adults.