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Celebrate Older Americans Month by Fighting Senior Poverty

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

As established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, May is designated as Older Americans Month in the United States. The month provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate this Nation's older adults and our programs that are working.

Criminalizing Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.

Social Security Continues Discriminating Against Same Sex Married Couples By Making Them Pay Thousands of Dollars for Agency Mistake

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Prindiville

It's really pretty simple: "The victims of that discrimination should not be the ones to pay for the agency's mistake," said Gerald McIntyre, one of the Justice in Aging attorneys on the case.

Current SSI Levels Leave Low-Income Seniors Out in the Cold

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Most people have an idea of practical ways to keeps seniors safe this winter: space heaters, rubber-soled boots, or clearing your elderly neighbor's icy sidewalks. But the big-picture safety issues unfortunately cannot be solved with a shovel and some salt.

Income Inequality Among America's Seniors Means It's Not Time to Cut the Safety Net

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

We need to talk about senior poverty. And we need to develop policies that acknowledge that income inequality exists and reflect the economic reality facing older adults today.

Numbers of Poor Seniors Would Increase Under Ryan Budget

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

The Ryan path devastates programs that now help millions of seniors stay out of poverty. It would tip the balance in the wrong direction for too many of our elders who struggle daily to make ends meet.

Seniors Remain on Frontline in War on Poverty

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

There are approximately 6.5 million people age 65 and over living in poverty in America today -- a number that is too high and, unfortunately, only growing.

Arthur Delaney

Nervous Obamacare Supporters Should Know The History Of Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Website problems have plagued the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, imperiling the promise of new he...

Maximize Your Disabled Child's Government Aid

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Parents of special needs children have enough on their plates just tending to the needs of their kids. So it's not surprising that many of these parents haven't had time to hatch a long-term financial plan in case their kids need care after they're not around.

Nicholas Kristof Says, 'I'm No Expert on Domestic Poverty' -- You Can Say That Again

Peter Edelman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Peter Edelman

We're used to seeing the truth mangled in the public discourse about poverty, but when it's done by a journalist as respected as Nicholas Kristof, it's surprising bordering on shocking.

Children With Disabilities Need Support as Well as Education

John Bouman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
John Bouman

Children with disabilities clearly need both. There are strong relationships between the deprivations of deep poverty and mental health. But the task is immensely harder if the families the children live in are abjectly poor.

Debunking "The Disability Trap"

Joe Entwisle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

I have a master's degree, a full-time job and yes, I'm one of more than 8.7 million Americans with a disability who rely on the long-term health care services provided through a government program called Supplemental Security Income.

Happy Birthday, SSI: A Safety Net for Vulnerable Americans

Donna Meltzer | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Now is not the time to take steps backward for our nation's seniors and people with disabilities. By preserving and strengthening vital programs like SSI, we can continue ensuring that people with disabilities are able to live in their communities, with the dignity they deserve.

ADHD, Bipolar Children At Risk For Losing Benefits

www.npr.org | Posted 10.21.2011 | Impact

After Hulston Poe started taking the appropriate ADHD medication, his mother said she was able to "see a light" in her son's eyes again. But, now that...

Ex-Homeless Man Struggles To Make A Living Shining Shoes, Refuses To Accept Government Help

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When The San Francisco Chronicle reported that homeless man Larry Moore was trying to make a living by opening a shoe shine stand, the community pitch...

Finding Financial Aid for Special Needs Children

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

Fortunately, many government programs and community resources are available to help relieve the financial burden of parenting special needs children.

Home Weatherproofing Aid for Low-Income Families

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jason Alderman

If you're plagued by winter drafts and high heating bills but can't afford to weatherproof your home, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatheriza...