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US Poverty

Helping Doesn't Always Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If we want the world to be a better, more inclusive place, we need to get to know each other better. What we will discover is that those at the bottom of our economic ladder are amazingly resourceful and contribute tremendously to society.

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Housing for My Mother: A Young Woman's Quest to Help Shelter

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 10.13.2015 | New York
Kathleen Kiley

For Chavisa Woods, a New York City-based novelist, known for her distinct voice in capturing life in rural America, campaigning to get an affordable camper for her homeless mother before the onset of winter resembles a passage from one of her novels.

We Need More Than Six Days to Discuss Poverty

Byron Williams | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

Poverty has managed to be defined in the public discourse by laziness and apathy. Those who are impoverished have no one to blame except themselves, so the narrative goes.

After Pruitt Igoe

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Reinier de Graaf

More than a year has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The event sparked violent protests and almost immediately after, racial tensions surfaced throughout the U.S.

Equal Pay for Women Can Cut Poverty in Half, Boost Wages Significantly, AND Grow the Economy. Can Any Other Policy Lever Do That?

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Heidi Hartmann

But ensuring that women receive equal pay is not as easy as just paying women more for their work (though that would be a good start!). Businesses and policymakers both have a role to play to achieve the benefits of equal pay well before 2059.

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Mauricio Lim Miller

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population.

What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Welfare

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Hanley

What Donald Trump doesn't understand is this: Historically speaking, government antipoverty programs haven't weakened the work incentive. On the contrary, welfare has provided the temporary lifeblood that Sarah, her daughter, and thousands of law-abiding citizens like them depend on, not for convenience, but for survival.

Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Before any data existed to prove the point, rapid rehousing was touted as a low-cost, common sense, humane approach to ending family homelessness.

DC Non-Profit Combats Systemic Racism

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Given that the vast majority of Bread for the City's clients are African American (or other people of color) in a city that's nearly fully half Caucasian, this assumption not only ignores broader patterns of racism -- it becomes part of the pattern itself.

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 08.04.2015 | 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...