Poverty Non-Housing Issues

Living in poverty, or avoiding it, poses a range of challenges aside from just housing: health, employment, safety, education, and much more. While these aspects of life often parallel an individual or family’s housing situation, they are also an important piece of their experience and their well-being.

Resources for Poverty Non-Housing Issues

Raising minimum wage would benefit everyone

Increasing earnings for one-fifth of the workforce would reduce federal spending on social programs that were never intended to support people who work hard.
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Amendments Delay DPW Name Change

Last week, State Senators began an amendment process for HB 993 -- the bill to rename the Department of Public Welfare the Department of Human Services.
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Pa. voter ID law struck down

A judge struck down PA's controversial voter identification law, ending for the moment a two-year legal fight between defenders who saw it as a shield against fraud and critics who deemed it an act of voter suppression.
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Commission to Build Healthier America Calls for Focus on Low-Income Children

The report, Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities, highlights the ways in which external factors such as the built environment, poverty, and access to education affect individual health.
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The Promise of Promise Zones

Promise Zones represent a sharp departure from the federal government’s failed community development approach of the past.
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The power of free money

In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years.
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Families With Kids Go Homeless as U.S. Rents Exceed Pay

For households with children, rising housing costs, elevated unemployment and stagnant earnings are increasingly placing rent beyond reach.
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Make A Difference For Rural America

Rural America has a role to play in building an economy where everyone does better, and that message isn't getting heard.
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Push made to change name of Pa. Department of Public Welfare

Advocates are continuing to push Pennsylvania's Legislature to change the name of the state's Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services.
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