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Low Income Families

Disparate Treatment

Bob Greenstein | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

One of the most disappointing parts of this week's budget deal is its disparate treatment of a lavish estate tax break for the nation's wealthiest heirs as compared to several tax credit improvements for low-income working families.

Lucia Graves

Renters Often Forgotten Victims Of Foreclosure Crisis | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.18.2012 | Business

A key law that has prevented millions of low-income tenants from becoming homeless is set to expire at the end of the 113th Congress, kicking off what...

The Pig is a Viper: College with Too Much Debt is Not Worth It

Bob Hildreth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Bob Hildreth

Saving is not enough. Families must educate themselves about the college access process. Many Americans spend more time buying a car, yet the risk of a lemon is nothing compared to the risk of shackling their children with debt.

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.

Study Analyzes Effect Of NYC-Family Rewards Program On Parents And Their Teenage Children

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

To get low-income teenagers to spend more time on school work, a new study suggests that schools should pay them. A recent study released by MDRC a...

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.

Not to Mention the Toilet Paper

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why does this matter? Because in order to learn kids need to be clean, healthy and well fed and in order to work -- to get hired -- the same is true for adults.

Communications Breakdown -- Your Phone, Wireless, Broadband, Internet and Cable Bills

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

As I stare at the Republican and Democratic party platforms, I wonder -- don't these people have a clue? Haven't they bothered to actually ask their constituents what they think of their phone, wireless, broadband, Internet, and cable bills?

Replacing Hunger With Health

Dawn Sweeney | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Dawn Sweeney

Having access to ample nutritious food is critical to a child's healthy development -- especially as it relates to their physical health, cognition, academic performance, and emotional and social well-being.

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.

With Nothing to Lose, Declining Net Worth Means Little to Asset-poor Families

Andrea Levere | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Andrea Levere

New data on household wealth paints a disturbing portrait of the decline in net worth for American families. But those numbers only tell part of the story -- the story of households with actual assets to lose.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... Do We Still Believe?

Jaime Hanks | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Jaime Hanks

Life throws us all lemons, but if you don't have the tools or resources available -- like sugar and water or education and basic needs met -- you can't turn them in to lemonade, no matter how hard you try.

What Would Carlos Slim Do?

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Ben Hecht

Technology is not a panacea, only a means to an end. Increasing access to broadband and the Internet are an important first step, but we also need to find better ways of applying this technology to accelerate progress and prosperity for all.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Poverty Calculator Highlights Hurdles Facing Poor | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.07.2012 | Impact

Imagine a single, unemployed mother of two children -- an infant and a 4-year-old preschooler. She's unskilled and her work options, at least at the ...

Policymakers Can Help Low-Income Families and Score Political Points

Andrea Levere | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Andrea Levere

Imagine a scenario where members of Congress could improve government programs that grow our economy and support struggling families without adding to the federal deficit or jeopardizing their political standing. Wouldn't they all be lining up to cast their "yea" votes?

Helping At-Risk Children Succeed in School: There's No Such Thing as Too Early

Anna M. Babin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Anna M. Babin

How do we help children from lower-income families achieve their full potential in school and life? One fact is sure: Start early.

Closing the Gap Between College Aspiration and Success

Gaston Caperton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Gaston Caperton

College is more accessible than many families might think. They often overestimate the cost of college and underestimate the amount of financial aid that they are eligible to receive.

When Helping Doesn't Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

The question really isn't whether to help the poor or not, it is how can we help the poor in the same way that we help the middle and upper class -- without requiring that they relinquish self-determination or define themselves by their deficits.

Trent Tucker: Paving The Way To Education

Trent Tucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Trent Tucker

As much as I would love to tell kids to play sports to escape the lives they may feel predestined to live, it is education that is truly important. With that knowledge it does not matter where you came from -- just where you end up.

'Nobody's Going to F-ing Die Because We're Poor!'

Annie McKee | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Annie McKee

Of course, rich and middle-class people suffer from cancer and drug abuse, alcoholism, child and spouse abuse. All of these issues are complicated. So is poverty. I know this from my own personal experience.

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...

Why I'll Miss Rick Santorum

Ann O'Leary | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Here is why I love Rick Santorum and why I paid close attention to his presidential bid, which he finally abandoned this week: Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has never stopped talking about children and families.

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.

Alexander Eichler

Why It's A Terrible Time To Be A Low-Income Renter | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

Everyone knows the economy has been rough on homeowners lately. But for people who rent -- especially for people who rent and don't make very much mon...

If a Parent Who Reads to Her Child is "Good," is One Who Doesn't "Bad?"

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

If you're a parent struggling to make ends meet, you're probably going to choose to spend $1.99 for a gallon at Aldi rather than $6.99 for organic at Whole Foods. Does that mean you don't care as much about the health of your child?