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US Poverty

Housing Is the First Rung on the 'Ladder of Opportunity'

Terri Ludwig | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For families to have any chance of accessing the middle class, they need to start with a stable home in a strong community.

What Our Reaction to Poverty Says About Us

Carey Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Carey Fuller

Poverty in this country is not accidental, it's a direct result of funneling wealth upwards to the elite and no one feels that pinch more than the people directly affected by bad policies.

Poverty Grows, But Does Anybody Care?

Allan Sheahen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Allan Sheahen

Welfare rolls in the United States are down more than 50 percent. But it didn't reduce poverty. That's because welfare reform dumped many recipients into low-paying jobs -- with no benefits or ability to move up. Does anybody care?

What America Can Learn From The Purge

Robert Hoggard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Robert Hoggard

You don't get rid of hate by violence but, a true purge should manifest in our actions towards those who are less fortunate than us.

Pathways Out of Poverty Require Two-Generation Solutions

Carla Thompson | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Carla Thompson

The philanthropic community has pursued a range of strategies to break the poverty cycle for parents and children through strategies that focus on early childhood development or parental capacity building, yet we've failed to achieve more positive outcomes at scale. Why?

Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire. So, almost 30 of my colleagues and I are taking the SNAP Challenge to highlight how critical this lifeline is for so many families.

Are Gays Really More Affluent And Fashionable Than Straights?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The Williams Institute recently released an update on their 2009 report on poverty within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community....

From the Farm to the Voting Booth (or Vice Versa)

Alison Cayne | Posted 06.06.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Solving hunger cannot be accomplished without a government that considers it a basic right of citizenship to have access to fresh, healthy food. It's up to citizens to demand farmer's markets, school gardens and sustainable agriculture.

Food Insecurity, Food Security

Christina Weiss Lurie | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Christina Weiss Lurie

Veterinarians, business leaders, public decision-makers, public health officials, and city planners need to take a stand and find new ways for America to move towards food security.

Children and Families Need to Be the Number One Priority in Our Society

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?

Classy Food

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Paul Stoller

As Congressional Republicans advocate for drastic cuts in the food stamp program, a wide variety of farmers markets are now open for business, touting fresh and nutritious food.

WATCH: The Face Of America's Senior Poverty Crisis

Posted 05.24.2013 | Fifty

A new finding discovered that senior poverty affects more seniors than previously believed: one in seven seniors live in poverty as opposed to the Cen...

The Clock is Turning Back on Women, But Not How You Think

Hadley Heath | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Even for women working full-time, the painfully slow economic "recovery" of the past five years has wrecked havoc on our wage growth.

A Rising Economic Tide Lifts All Boats

Rep. Paul Gosar | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Paul Gosar

It is therefore somewhat amazing that the last 40 years of experience, and the trillions and trillions of dollars spent, have done nothing to alleviate poverty. Which begs the question, have anti-poverty programs supported by Republicans and Democrats for decades been a colossal failure?

American Winter: It's a Cold Reality for Millions of Struggling Families

Joe Gantz | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Joe Gantz

How can nearly half of our country be in such dire circumstances and yet our politicians chose this time of the most need in 80 years to cut budgets and social services all across the country?

How the Drug War Destroyed My Community and Why It Must End

Jakada Imani | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Jakada Imani

Our nation is making a treacherous tradeoff: wasteful spending on an ineffective "War on Drugs" at the expense of the youth, families, and working folks who are the engine of a thriving economy.

Nation's Poorest Losing Help When They Need It Most

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

BALTIMORE -- Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying...

Help Shrinks As Poverty Spikes In The US

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact

BALTIMORE — Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations t...

State Eligibility Changes Not Major Factor in SNAP's Growth

Stacy Dean | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Stacy Dean

SNAP's growth shows that the program is working as designed -- to provide a temporary safety net to families struggling in a weak economy.

Camping With Teen Girls: Dreams and Nightmares

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Some grown women are so busy chasing the fountain of youth that they often blame, dismiss or ignore teens. But our teens need living examples of success and mentorship to learn lessons that will keep them safe and help them succeed.

Why Aren't Low-Income Students Succeeding in School?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Academic challenges are often deep-seeded and begin in primary and secondary school, which when left unaddressed, often leads to remediation at the postsecondary level.

Is Income Inequality A Sin?

Ronald J. Sider | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ronald J. Sider

If we believe what the Bible says about God's concern for the poor; if we believe what the Bible says about justice; then we must denounce the gross inequality of opportunity and income in our country today as blatantly sinful.

Igniting Economic and Social Mobility

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

The U.S. is no longer considered a nation defined by social mobility. My organization, the Family Independence Initiative (FII), recently released an independent study conducted in Boston that shows the impressive impact our family-led approach has on economic and social mobility.

Dominicans, Puerto Ricans The Poorest Latinos In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.21.2013 | Latino Voices

Dominicans and Puerto Ricans living in the United States remain among the groups with the highest levels of poverty in the country, according to numbe...

A New American Foreign Policy: Democracy at Home

Daniel Weeks | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Daniel Weeks

When the leading diplomat of the world's leading democratic nation describes his own government using the words "corruption" and "unrest," money in politics can no longer be considered a necessary political weapon but a weapon of mass destruction to democracy at home and abroad.