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Free or Low-cost Medical Care Is Available Right Now if You Need It

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

I spent a number of years in the medical field. I even ran medical practices. But even I was unaware until recently about one really good option for people struggling to find more affordable medical care -- the federally funded community health center program.

Teachers Can't Go It Alone

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

When we blame teachers, we fail to address the roles played by budget cuts and by family and child poverty, and we fail to recognize those who are dedicated to student success in the face of great challenges.

Want a Real Recovery? Raise the Minimum Wage

Terrance Heath | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Terrance Heath

If we want an economy with robust consumer demand, workers need to a bigger slice of the pie. Business leaders once understood that elementary fact.

Catherine New

Poor Turn To Payday Loans To Pay Bills | Catherine New | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business

The poorest Americans are stringing together multiple high-interest loans each year just to keep the lights on and food on the table, according to a n...

How to Find Help Paying for Your Hearing Aid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any resources or programs that help seniors with the high cost of hearing aids?

We Can't Afford To Cut Food Programs For Hungry Children

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 08.10.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

There are 16 million children in the United States who are facing hunger. How many of those kids live in your community? How many of those kids live...

Gerry Smith

Smartphones Bring Hope, Frustration As Substitute For Computers | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.06.2012 | Technology

When Erick Huerta was growing up in Los Angeles, his family could not afford a computer. His mother sold tamales from a street-side stall, and his fat...

Investing in Homegrown Solutions

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If our sector would pause to learn from the families that are overcoming the odds, we would find impressive and powerful solutions involving relationships between friends and neighbors--not expensive professional interventions -- that are already having an impact.

Pollution Ravages Low-Income Communities; Residents Speak Out

David Vognar | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
David Vognar

With moments of compelling commentary, the EPA forum provided a pressing reminder that there are real victims of our choice to pollute or put up with pollution, and in many instances those victims are from low-income areas.

How Utah Aims to Equalize the Academic Disparity Between Have's and Have-not's

Yolanda Flores Niemann and Eric D. Packenham | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Yolanda Flores Niemann and Eric D. Packenham

Schools are imploding with the consequence of these changing demographics. Perhaps more than ever before in our nation's history, ensuring a quality education, and the contingencies thereof, is increasingly challenging.

Senate Budget Plans Range From Extreme to Unimaginable

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Today, the Coalition on Human Needs sent a letter making these points to every senator. May 16, 2012 Dear Senator: Today you will have the opportun...

Poor Americans More And More Likely To Stay That Way

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

It's getting harder for poor Americans to lift themselves up. Don't believe it? The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has some pretty compelling evide...

The Government's New Way of Measuring Student Success: Implications for Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The new federal measurements are not official yet and they are not perfect, but they are a start. We are on our way to capturing student success, in terms of graduation rates, in a more complete and fair manner.

Poverty And Obesity: Breaking The Link

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

After several decades of steep upswings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that obesity rates in the U.S. may be stabilizing, with no significant change in prevalence over the past two years for children.

Many Americans Aren't Earning Enough To Keep Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

In this post-recession economy you may be able to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily protect you from falling into poverty. In 2010, the numb...

Nobody Goes It Alone: Reframing the Poverty Discussion

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

"Poor" people don't need anything different from what anybody else needs. The faster we recognize that, and build our social programs in accordance with it, the more good we'll be able to do.

Republican Budget Represents a Bleak Future for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.

Warning: Don't Fall Victim To This Costly Scam

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

If someone calls to say you've a won sweepstakes that you never registered for, don't fall for it. An elderly woman in South Florida lost $9,500 to...

Our "Trailer Trash" Education

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Scout, Ph.D.

The term "trailer trash" is symbolic of a type of systemic discrimination that's allowing low income home owners from Appalachia to Arizona to fall through the cracks.

Avoiding a Lost Generation

Nemat Shafik | Posted 05.16.2012 | Business
Nemat Shafik

To solve the problems of youth unemployment restoring global growth is crucial, as are policies to support job creation and credit. None of this can be achieved without global cooperation.­

Alexander Eichler

Why It's A Terrible Time To Be A Low-Income Renter | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

Everyone knows the economy has been rough on homeowners lately. But for people who rent -- especially for people who rent and don't make very much mon...

The Milestone That Matters Most

José Cruz | Posted 05.12.2012 | College
José Cruz

We'll never regain our global edge if we don't close the domestic gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from their peers. The challenge is daunting. But the strategies and tactics to reverse these dangerous trends are well-known, if not yet widely practiced.

Better Nutrition, Healthier Communities

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

How can someone who faces hunger also be obese? The fact is that the two can and do co-exist.

And The Average Salary Is...

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.21.2012 | Money

If you're feeling poor you're not alone. We're bringing home less money now than when the recession began. According to a newly released report fro...

Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.