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One in 30 American Children Is Homeless, Report Says

So many families are living on the edge of poverty, that one little setback can push them into the abyss of homelessness. READ MORE >

Utah’s Strategy for the Homeless: Give Them Homes

By the end of 2015, the chronically homeless population of Utah may be virtually gone. And the secret is quite simple: Give homes to the homeless. READ MORE >

Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Pays Off for Rural America

$24 billion is a great deal of asset-building change. That’s the annual dollar value of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claims for working families in rural America. READ MORE >

How the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness Begins—and Ends

Untreated mental illness, addiction, and childhood trauma can spin a life out of control. This is a story about taking it back. READ MORE >

Eugene, Oregon’s Radical Solution to Homelessness: A Bare-Bones Shed Village

None of the structures in Opportunity Village pass dwelling codes, but the community is a grassroots attempt at the newly embraced Housing First model. READ MORE >

VITA Plus: Linking Tax Clients to Benefits Screening

VITA Plus services take full advantage of existing intervention opportunities, streamlining benefits screening, and connecting people directly to social services - and it can deliver big returns for vulnerable populations. READ MORE >

Struggling to Get Out of Poverty: The “Two Generation” Approach

How to best help low-income families and help them break the poverty cycle has been long debated. An experimental program in Oklahoma is trying an approach that provides pre-school as well as job training and other support for families. READ MORE >

These Are The Best (And Worst) Places In America To Raise Kids

The 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book, which details the overall well-being of children in America, showed mixed results in its report. Despite the fact that more and more children are living in poverty, the nation’s kids are generally getting better educations and leading healthier lives. READ MORE >

‘I’ve Built Robots’: Homeless People In Poignant Video Remind Us It Can Happen To Anyone

Stories are highlighted in Rethink Homelessness, a campaign created by the nonprofit Impact Homelessness, to change damaging stereotypes about those living without stable shelter. READ MORE >

The Changing Picture of Poverty: When Hard Work is “Just Not Enough”

Pam Fessler of NPR asks the question: What does it mean to be poor in America today? READ MORE >

Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

NPR's Pam Fessler has covered stories about inequality around the country, receiving strong opinions about the causes of poverty. READ MORE >

To Beat the Odds, Poor Single Moms Need a Wide Safety Net

An article from NPR from their Poverty in America: The Struggle to Get Ahead series that tells the story of one single mom and her attempt to change her circumstances for her children. READ MORE >

If You Care About Economic Growth, Feed a Fast Food Worker

David Rolf, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare 775NW, argues that as America increasingly transitions to a service industry we must work to improve the wages and labor standards of workers in those sectors. READ MORE >

Community Cafe Featured in LISC Annual Report

A photo essay on the Community Cafe and how it has become a vital part of the community is featured in the LISC 2013 Annual Report. READ MORE >

Report: Reading Proficiency Connected to Income in Montana

An Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows that most Montana fourth-graders are not reading at grade level, and it’s even more likely children aren’t on track when they’re from low-income families. READ MORE >

One Family’s Story Shows How the Cycle of Poverty is Hard to Break

Desiree is a young, single mom living in poverty, just like her mom was. She doesn't have just one or two problems, but a whole pile of them. READ MORE >

Flatpack Homes

A newly designed "flatpack" home provides an alternative solution to a housing crisis. READ MORE >

How to Feed Your Family from a Food Bank

Marisa Miller is a married mother of two who never imagined she'd find herself relying on the kindness of others to feed her family. Read what she had to say about dignity, practicality, and perception when you're struggling to feed your family. READ MORE >