Covering wealth, philanthropy, underemployment

News briefs. Check out these five stories dealing with health, housing, politics, programs and reform to get a nice sense of what’s out there to cover. D.C. adds a social worker to its library system to work with homeless patrons. An Independent candidate for governor in Maine proposes welfare reform that would require the state to give cash incentives to those […]

Homeless, data stories and more

Homeless coverage. This past week was homeless story central across the country. Check out the various angles and aspects – the stories are fascinating. A homeless camp in Tallahassee is being cleared by the county. The number of homeless families sheltered in motels in Danvers is the highest in years but could be worse, state officials say. A town in […]

New sections: Exemplary story and a “how to”

We’ve got a few new elements this week. Check them out and let me know what works. News briefs. A New York county localizes rankings based on income and crime rate. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs a law to raise minimum wage to $11/hour by 2017. Maine Gov. Paul LePage talks about limiting state benefits to those living in Maine legally, eliminating […]

Covering low-wage workers’ struggles

The New York Times published an article entitled “Low-wage workers are finding poverty harder to escape” that illustrated many difficult situations faced by those receiving low wages and hours in service jobs in the U.S. Many low-wage or minimum-wage workers do not receive full-time hours from their employers, further limiting wages and their ability to […]

Covering proposed minimum wage changes

In late February, the Congressional Budget Office released a report entitled “The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income.” Covered by the New York Times, the report offered two options for raising minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour – a $10.10 an hour option and a $9 an hour option. […]

Covering poverty and banking services

The United States Postal Service released a report entitled “Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved” that outlined how the USPS could provide nonbank services to those unable or unwilling to use banks and other traditional financial services. Published by the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, the report states that services offered by […]

Covering poverty and the New Year

A report released by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality last week highlighted the effects of rising unemployment and poverty in the U.S. Stanford News covered the report, entitled “The State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality in 2014.” Specific topics covered include the impact of the social safety net, educational inequality from […]

Covering homeless children in the U.S.

A report released from the National Center for Homeless Education, entitled “Education for Homeless Children and Youth’s Program,” revealed there are nearly 1.17 million homeless students enrolled in public schools in the United States. The federal definition of a homeless child is any child who does not have a regular or fixed residence to return […]

Covering extreme weather and poverty

A new report released from The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) explored the connection between extreme weather and poverty. The report, “The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes,” was discussed in a recent BBC article, “Extreme weather can be the ‘most important cause of poverty.’” ODI is an independent research group focusing on international development […]