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Despite some money from the state, the Southeast Ohio Food Bank struggles to meet growing demand
POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) — The Southeast Ohio Food Bank has returned to doing mobile food distributions, thanks to support from local partners and the state government. Unfortunately, the… Read More
The hidden faces of hunger in America
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Heather Thomas can count out the tragedies that pulled her family of eight into poverty. She and her husband lost their jobs and home, their small… Read More
New Ohio poverty report highlights struggles in employment and child care in wake of COVID pandemic
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s poverty rate is at 12.7% — 0.8% higher than the national rate — which researchers say has been a consistent trend for more… Read More
States with the toughest abortion laws have the weakest maternal supports, data shows
WASHIGNTON, D.C. (NPR) — Nearly two dozen states have moved to restrict abortion or ban it altogether since the reversal of Roe v. Wade — meaning more people, especially those… Read More
The Borgen Project Informational Event
This will be an information event about a nonprofit organization called The Borgen Project. It will be hosted on Zoom (see meeting details and URL below). The Borgen Project is… Read More
Coalition representing low-income and working Ohioans unveils plans for election
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of groups representing Ohio workers and low-income residents has kicked off a campaign to promote a progressive agenda in the Buckeye State…. Read More
Inflation may be easing — but low-income people are still paying the steepest prices
Updated May 11, 2022 at 8:37 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Four-dollar gasoline and five-dollar hamburger are putting a squeeze on Tanya Byron’s pocketbook. But it’s the rent that… Read More
How soaring inflation forces stark choices
Updated April 12, 2022 at 8:36 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — From rising rent to higher heating bills, surging inflation impacts everybody, but it poses a particular hardship for… Read More
The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty. Here’s what else it did
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Blink and you could have missed it. For six months, the United States experimented with an idea that’s new here but is already a backstitch in… Read More
Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Had Congress renewed the expanded child tax credit at the end of last year, Jen Cousins would have received $1,000 from the government on Jan. 14…. Read More
As the pandemic rages on, lines and costs are up at foodbanks across Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — This latest omicron variant has schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati going back to remote learning, workplaces delaying returning to offices – and people continuing to head to… Read More
Advocates for low-income Ohioans say they need more COVID relief money
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Congress recently allocated more than $5 billion in COVID recovery funds to Ohio and more than $2.7 billion of it has been set aside… Read More
Can Poverty Lead To Mental Illness?
That’s a question that is fairly new to science. Researchers are now looking at the possible links.
Mike DeWine, Fran DeWine Emphasize Need to Address Child Hunger
Some of the biggest leaders in public service and in the business world gathered in Columbus for the 25th Annual Children’s Hunger Alliance “Menu of Hope” luncheon aimed at ending… Read More
U.S. Income Inequality Worsens, Widening To A New Gap
The gap between the richest and the poorest U.S. households is now the largest it’s been in the past 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau says.
White House Touts Help For Poor Areas — But Questions Endure Over Who’ll Benefit
Opportunity zones were created with the 2017 tax cut to bolster low-income communities. But depending on how the funds are spent, investors who get tax incentives could see the biggest gains.
Trump Wants To Limit Aid For Low-Income Americans. A Look At His Proposals
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.
The Affluent Homeless: A Sleeping Pod, A Hired Desk And A Handful Of Clothes
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.
Tax The Ultrarich To Solve Poverty? Easier Said Than Done
Oxfam has issued its annual report on the gap between the wealthy and the poor — and offered a solution.
Census Data Show Some KY Counties Among Nation’s Poorest
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… Read More
Poor People’s Campaign Carries On King, Kennedy Legacies In Ohio Valley
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… Read More
Southeast Ohio’s Fight to Save Local Businesses
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,… Read More
“Poverty Tour” Brings United Nations Expert To Ohio Valley
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… Read More
Study: One-Third Of West Virginia Children Under Age 6 Live In Poor Households
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… Read More
What The Jobs Report Doesn’t Tell You: Poverty In Southeast Ohio
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… Read More