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US Poverty

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 10.30.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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.

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

Photos Of Waikiki's Homeless Reveal What It's Like To Live On The Streets In Paradise

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

A good night’s sleep in Waikiki is hard to come by for Roberta Huddy. She became homeless about a year ago after losing her job as a guest servic...

The 1% In My Head

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

The belief that money is a reliable measurement of a person's value is not true and causes deep suffering. Money is a wildly inaccurate gauge of character.

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

The CDC's New Initiative on Parasitic Infections

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Coinciding with the publication of a series of articles in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), the new CDC initiative will prioritize five major parasitic diseases, which are considered neglected because they mainly impact Americans who live in extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States and in degraded urban areas of major US cities.

The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits -- For Its Own Profit

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Yesterday is yesterday, and progress is happening. Nevertheless, George Will's piece about Paul Ryan's comments still carries some assumptions -- assumptions of choice -- at least linked to the past, even while condemning people who hear them as such.

Poverty Less Than .02 Percent of Lead Media Coverage

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Why are media stories on poverty in America so insufficient? Stories that showcase the faces of poverty do not grab the public's attention the way that entertainment, political and economic stories do -- unless poverty stories are controversial or negative, that is.

We Are the Environment

Nikki Silvestri | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Nikki Silvestri

We don't just need to fight against all the things that are broken--carbon pollution, fossil fuels, poverty, and waste. We also need to mend things. We need to build a world that really works; one that we feel good about passing along to our kids and grandkids.

The Power of Global Learning: Making the Foreign Familiar

Angela Jackson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Angela Jackson

How can you hear about or even care about a global economy when your world exists in a five-block radius?

America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Five Things I Learned By Listening To Americans In Need

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

This past year, we've been asking low-income adults what's getting in they way as they strive to reach their goals. By simply listening, we've learned a lot about what Americans in need need to reach stability.

Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Robert Reich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

America's savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the "recovery" began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we've seen for decades.

Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.

In the War on Poverty, Don't Forget Refugees

Jill Koyama, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jill Koyama, Ph.D.

While the Act directs the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide all refugees with English language education, this rarely happens because of a lack of universal funding to local resettlement agencies that provide the education.