iOS app Android app

Low Income

Defining Economic Security For American Families

Posted 06.14.2011 | Impact

What does it take to have economic stability in America? That was the question posed by the organization Wider Opportunities for Women, which recentl...

Dear Mr. Beck: We Are All Hookers

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Mr. Beck, I understand it is your contention that "only hookers go to Planned Parenthood." There must be a lot of hookers out here.

Zach Carter

Government Shutdown Could Slow Tax Refunds, Crimp Use Of Largest Federal Anti-Poverty Program | Zach Carter | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prolonged government shutdown could deliver a blow to many poor American families by limiting or delaying access to the federal govern...

Broken Promises of the Obama Administration

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

President Obama's unwillingness to support programs aimed at assisting poor and working class people in a time of recession is tragic, especially after his campaign rhetoric to address social and economic justice issues.

Living Wage Laws: Good for Workers and Good for the Economy

Ken Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ken Jacobs

In an era when the richest one percent of American households are reported to be collecting close to a quarter of the country's overall income, it mak...

Living Wage Laws: Good for Workers and Good for the Economy

Ken Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ken Jacobs

The verdict is clear: labor standards policies improve workers' income, productivity and health, reduce turnover and decrease job vacancies; they have not reduced the number of jobs.

Washington Budgets Affect Budgets at Home

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Our nation must not balance the budget on the backs of its most vulnerable citizens.

Meet Joe Selvaggio, Founder of MicroGrants

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of faith for a struggling individual to finally find success. With MicroGrants, Joe Selvaggio is helping t...

William Alden

Employed But Struggling: Report Finds 1 in 3 Working Families Near Poverty | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Michelle Feliz, a single mother living in Boston, can't afford day care for her one-year-old son. She can't afford new clothes for her teenage daughte...

The Economy -- and the Unemployed -- Held Hostage

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Weinstein

Because Congress failed to act in November to continue the federal emergency Unemployment Insurance program, two million unemployed workers are expect...

Why I Voted Against the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Plan

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are on an "unsustainable fiscal path," to quote the report. But there is another grave threat to both our economy and our democracy: the alarming redistribution of wealth.

Making Deficit Decisions in the Dark

Stacy Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sanders

Earlier this month, the co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released draft recommendations on how to ...

NFTE: Injecting Entrepreneurship into Inner City Education (VIDEO)

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Green

In the same ways teachers are trained to teach math, they should be trained to teach entrepreneurship. They should be given curriculum and the tools to do it, and the shelf time in schools.

Is Higher Education Living Up to Its Promise of Opportunity for Low-Income Students?

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Laracy

Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, contributed the following commentary on the correlation between postseco...

Looking forward to the weekend? Some children are not.

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Imagine an elementary school on a Friday afternoon: children racing to the bus, excited, making plans for Saturday play. While most relish their two-...

Renters: Know Your Health Rights

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Mold, mites and insect droppings can worsen the symptoms of asthma and other illnesses. But some patients tell me it's impossible to reduce exposure to toxins. Why? They live in rental housing.

Connecting the Dots: Rising Homelessness and Chronic Joblessness

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The Congress was unable to pass a new extension for unemployment insurance benefits before the July 4th holiday recess. The impact on New York and other large cities is immediate and devastating.

The Role of Race, Poverty and Equal Opportunity in Education Reform

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

We must first recognize that racial inequality in our schools ultimately harms our shared national interest, and then develop a 21st century approach to learning that can address the challenges facing our schools.

End of Free Checking a Financial Squeeze: How Employers Can Help

Clare J. Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Clare J. Morgan

The free checking accounts many Americans enjoy will soon be a thing of the past as banks scramble to find new ways to recoup overdraft charges and other fees they're no longer allowed to impose.

Foreclosure Signs and Unemployment Lines Reveal Roots of Housing Crisis

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

With foreclosures and job losses engulfing millions of households, the death spiral of negative equity and negative income poses a daunting question for Washington.

Food Stamps: Farmer's Markets Will Accept LINK Cards In Experimental Program

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Officials announced Monday that farmer's markets at Lincoln Square, South Shore Bank, Daley Plaza, Division Street and Beverly will start accepting LI...

Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

My colleague Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, penned the following piece. -- Mike You don't need to be a...

Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

Last week Robert J. Samuelson wrote an ill-conceived column in The Washington Post, which among other things said the Obama administration's developme...

The Promise of "Green" and a Dash of "Reality"

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julian L. Alssid

Money can buy a lot of hope; but it is going to take time, education, and economic maturity before the broad economic benefits of "green" are more than wishful planning.

Social Innovation for Low-Income Communities: Turning Risk Into Reward

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Laracy

Social innovations are catalysts that bring together creativity, expertise and a relentless focus on results to solve problems and dramatically improve performance across the country.