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Too Few Good Jobs? Make Bad Jobs Better

Corinne H. Rieder | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Corinne H. Rieder

There are far too many low-income workers, attempting to climb toward far too few "good" job openings. So, what can be done?

Daniel Lippman

States Cut Dental Care For Poor Residents | Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing tough fiscal times, states across the country are cutting a vitally important, but often overlooked, area of medical insurance fo...

Bloomberg Not Worried About NYC's Third-World Income Gap

| Posted 09.28.2012 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer NEW YORK CITY — Manhattan’s income gap now rivals many third-world nations — but Mayor Michael Bloo...

Can Poor People Save for College?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Spend only half of your paycheck and put the other half in a savings account. It's like portion control. Most of us try it, but don't follow-through.

Smokers In NY Spend Quarter Of Income On Smokes

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | New York

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Poor smokers in New York State spend about a quarter of their entire income on cigaret...

Ryanomics Assault on Poor and Hungry Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ryanomics is not only poor arithmetic, it is also poor morality and gross injustice which turns upside down the requirements of all great faiths to protect the poor and vulnerable.

The Hidden Champions of Low-Income Banking

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Over the past few years, the concept of microcredit -- providing working capital loans to micro-entrepreneurs typically in the informal economy -- has come under scrutiny.

President Bill Clinton Is Right: Medicaid Matters

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In Charlotte, the Democrats rightly celebrated the President's signature achievement and made clear they're going to run hard on it. Paul Ryan has said bring on this debate, so it's game on. Thanks to President Clinton, that debate now must include Medicaid.

Low-Paying Jobs Are Replacing Middle-Class Work

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

Jobs that can sustain a middle-class lifestyle are disappearing, as low-wage jobs take their place, according to a new study by the National Employmen...

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 r...

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.