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Giving people $1,000 in ’emergency cash’ could prevent homelessness

For people on the brink of losing it all, cash can be a lifesaver. That’s according to a study published in the August 2016 issue of Science, which found giving the near-homeless roughly $1,000 in “emergency cash” substantially reduced the chances they would end up on the street — over both the short and long […]

Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?

President Trump’s initial budget proposal would end aid for poor families to pay their heating bills, defund after-school programs at public schools, and make fewer grants available to college students. Community block grants that provide disaster relief, aid neighborhoods affected by foreclosure, and help rural communities access water, sewer systems, and safe housing would be […]

In Silicon Valley, too little giving goes to the local poor

The vast majority of giving by the valley’s wealthiest philanthropists goes to national and global causes, leaving less than 10 percent donated locally. Much of the local giving goes to large institutions, such as hospitals, universities or private schools — which tend to benefit the wealthy — instead of to the community-based nonprofits serving the […]

Tiny houses: salvation for the homeless or a dead end?

The shed-like structures have appeared in vacant lots and scrubland in at least 10 states, from Florida to New York to Utah. But the trend is most apparent in northern California and the Pacific north-west. Some of America’s most liberal cities have in recent years shifted from banning and clearing unauthorized homeless settlements, based in […]

Fed’s Yellen Sees Education as Key to Breaking Poverty Trap

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said new research shows policy makers should focus on long-term strategies for helping children, especially those in poverty, prepare for success in the labor market. A fundamental question is figuring out how to help those “who were not born into families with socioeconomic advantages,” Yellen said at a conference in […]

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs in school years later, according to a new study. An estimated 13.1 million children live in homes with insufficient food, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many of […]

Ending homelessness just got more complicated

Mayor Darrell Steinberg was just getting off a plane Wednesday evening, capping an encouraging trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss his innovative plan to use federal dollars to reduce homelessness, when President Donald Trump’s so-called “skinny budget” landed with a big, fat thud. In a level of cost-cutting not seen since the days of Ronald […]

Amid affordable housing crisis, number of units falls

Even as officials say affordable housing is a top priority, San Diego County shed more subsidized rental housing over the past two decades than all but two other California counties. That’s according to a report released last week by the California Housing Partnership Corporation, which found the county lost 3,588 federal- and state-subsidized housing units […]

6 charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

Discussions of poverty in the United States often mistakenly focus on urban areas. While urban poverty is a unique challenge, rates of poverty have historically been higher in rural than urban areas. In fact, levels of rural poverty were often double those in urban areas throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Jennifer Garner urges Congress to fund early-childhood education: ‘A brain in poverty is up against it. I’m telling you.’

Jennifer Garner, the actress and a member of the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Save the Children, which promotes children’s rights, testified Thursday on Capitol Hill about the importance of early-childhood education for children who live in poverty. Appearing at a hearing of the House Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related […]