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Is Colorado’s homeless surge tied to marijuana legalization?

Annie Mae Noel has been on the streets since her Denver house, which had been in her family for more than a century, went into foreclosure in 2015. She also happens to smoke pot. “I use marijuana to treat my MS, it has nothing to do with me not having a home,” she said recently, […]

Progressive Measures Won’t Help Housing And Poverty, More Housing And Growth Will

Qualitative and quantitative measures of poverty are intended to end or help ameliorate poverty. In the case of housing, for example, governments in the United States have determined that the normative standard for affordability is that a household should spend no more and no less than 30 percent of it’s gross monthly income on housing […]

Unemployment numbers don’t tell real struggles of US families

Monthly unemployment figures have long been the barometer of America’s economic health. Unfortunately, they fail to tell the real story of the economic pressures experienced by American families, conditions that are rife with employment insecurity that constrict and ultimately threaten the American dream.

An Economist On The ‘Miserable 21st Century’

The U.S. unemployment rate is 4.8 percent. It was 9.3 percent when President Obama took office just over eight years ago. Many news and political analysts have wondered why so many Americans have sounded so angry and despondent when they talk about the economy. The stock market is up, too. Some economists say 4.8 percent […]

Could totally scrapping welfare and creating jobs eliminate poverty?

Peter Cove’s new book, “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty,” offers a plan to scrap traditional welfare and cash assistance programs. Instead, Cove suggests restructuring anti-poverty programs to prioritize jobs above all else.

Food stamp recipients will soon be able to order groceries online

Beginning this summer, some Americans who receive food assistance will have a new way to feed their families. The Agriculture Department said that it will test a program that allows people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, known as food stamps — to order groceries online through various retailers. The ability to shop […]

Majority of U.S. Mayors Say Poverty Is Their Top Concern

While the growing divide between “coastal elites” and Middle America has been a hot topic in recent months, many mayors from red and blue states have strikingly similar policy priorities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Boston University Initiative on Cities.

Editorial: Don’t criminalize feeding homeless in Tampa park

The city of Tampa has committed an avoidable legal, moral and public relations miscue with its arrests of volunteers feeding the homeless in a downtown park. The permitting requirements need to be changed, the police need to move on to bigger things and the volunteers need to assess whether this is really the most effective […]

Mayor de Blasio Scrambles to Curb Homelessness After Years of Not Keeping Pace

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office, the Department of Homeless Services created 16 new shelters across New York City to house more than a thousand families and hundreds of single adults. Then, for eight months, the city stopped opening shelters. With the number of people falling into homelessness still rising and with […]

U.S. Ranks 23rd Out of 30 Developed Countries for Inequality

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It is also one of the most unequal. As a report released today shows, the U.S. ranks 23 out of 30 developed nations in a measure known as the “inclusive development index,” which factors in data on income, health, poverty, and sustainability. The […]