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.

News for Poverty Non-Housing Issues

2016 appropriations placed low priority on low-income programs; Better priorities needed for 2017

The 2016 appropriations legislation enacted in December included a number of beneficial funding increases, but programs that assist households with low or moderate incomes fared considerably worse than others, on balance.
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Poor whites live in richer neighborhoods than middle-class blacks and Latinos

Poor whites tend to live in more affluent neighborhoods than do middle- class blacks and Latinos.
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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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