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Low-income Americans who take advantage of government safety net programs could be affected by a number of proposed rules and actions in areas such as housing, food aid, overtime and immigration.
Many young people participate in the rental economy. They own less stuff than their parents’ generation, and they rent or share a lot more. For some it’s a choice; for others, a necessity.
Oxfam has issued its annual report on the gap between the wealthy and the poor — and offered a solution.
New data from the Census Bureau show eastern Kentucky is still struggling with poverty and lagging far behind national and state averages in terms of income. The Bureau’s latest American Community Survey shows Bell, Harlan and McCreary Counties have some of the lowest median household incomes in the United States. Of counties with 10,000 residents or more,… Read More
Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building. The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations. North Carolina… Read More
By: Meg Ryan, Lauren Ramoser, Joe Payton Local communities throughout southeast Ohio are built on small businesses and local flare. One of the sad realities of communities in this area, however, is the struggles to keep small businesses afloat. While some areas in southeast Ohio boast a rich history, many towns today are increasingly abandoned,… Read More
Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley. “The United… Read More
A report says one-third of West Virginia schoolchildren under age 6 live in poor households and are at risk of falling significantly behind their classmates’ achievements. The West Virginia KIDS COUNT’s annual report on children’s wellbeing says the vocabularies of children as young as 18 months from low-income families are already several months behind their… Read More
As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how far we have to go. Economic recovery can become a matter of perspective. The standard measures for progress are job growth and unemployment rate, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story…. Read More
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making his pitch to state lawmakers to do more to help residents move out of poverty. In his two-year state budget, the Republican governor has proposed a way to let lower income families keep child-care subsidies as their income increases. He also wants to use $310 million in state and… Read More