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US Poverty

Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

This is a hard issue and an important decision. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that something must be done to combat the rising inequality that is weakening our society. Ensuring that anyone who works full time can support their family is a solid step in that direction.

Finding Freebies and Silver Linings

Clark Howard | Posted 07.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Clark Howard

I am in the business of giving personal finance advice. But all the advice, all the guidance--none of it will work if you just give up on life. You've...

This Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren't Just 'Asking For Handouts'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact

America's poor don't have it easy. They're subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They're accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among ot...

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...

The Smart, Impactful Reason Why More Food Banks Are Looking Like Grocery Stores

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact

Nearly a million and a half people rely on food pantries in New York City, and Lugeily Duran is one of them. She was laid off from her job in a medica...

Using the Poor as Novocain for Growing Economic Fears

Byron Williams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Byron Williams

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed into law a bill that would curtail what those who receive public assistance could purchase with their government-issued debit cards.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

L.A. Mayor, Homeless Advocates Have 'Productive, Inspirational' Meeting After Cop Killing

Los Angeles Times | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Ten days after Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a homeless man on skid row, Mayor Eric Garcetti and his staff met with local activists to d...

Our Disparity Disorder: Life on the Wage Floors

Doug Levitt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Doug Levitt

The asset boom combined with wage stagnation have only intensified our nation's disparity disorder, the prime metaphor for which is Walmart and its heirs, the Waltons.

New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact

A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans. Single Stop, USA -- a nonprofit that has serv...

An Invisible Way to End Poverty

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

What if our everyday transactions could contribute to poverty alleviation? To nourishing a hungry child or purchasing a life-saving medication? And what if this action was effortless to the global consumer?

Town Rallies Behind Doctor, 88, Who May Lose License For Treating Poor Patients From His Car

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

A Mississippi community has united in support of a beloved physician whose career is in jeopardy. Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a World War II vetera...

Mayor Accuses Homeless People Of Meth Use, Closes Park To Get Rid Of Them

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

A California mayor has closed a city park in an effort to rid the area of homeless residents. Starting on Monday, Boyd Park in San Rafael is close...

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Family Ditches Suburbs To Live In Trailer Park So They Can Help Neighbors In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact

Not every family would choose to swap the picture-perfect suburban life to move into a mobile home, but the Dejewskis do things differently. The fa...

Arresting Portraits Give Voices To Homeless People In America's Poorest Big City

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact

More than a quarter of Philadelphians are in desperate need of some brotherly love. With 26.3 percent of its population living below the national p...

10 States Where Poverty Is Worse Than You Think

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business

The U.S. federal poverty line has been determined using the same general framework since the mid-1960s. In that time, the official measure has come un...

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.

When "at First glance" Deserves a Second Look

Ellie Hollander | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ellie Hollander

This particular measure, which usually takes a back seat to the official poverty rate in the news and media reports, paints a far more realistic portrait of what seniors in America are really experiencing.

Robert Peace and the Educational Reform Movement

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Can we really expect teachers and schools to overcome so many obstacles by preparing kids for "college and career" without addressing the inequality and poverty their students experience everyday?

How to End Poverty for Millions of Americans

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Increasing the minimum wage would immediately lift 4.6 million people out of poverty with an additional 6.8 million over time. We should do more to help those struggling and by increasing the minimum wage we can affect immediate change.

Another Major U.S. City Vows To End Veteran Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact

A city known for its deep dish pizza and windy weather wants another claim to fame: a community without a single homeless vet. On Sept. 16, Chicag...

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.