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Hungry Children - Unseen, unheard, but all around us.

PORCH (Chapel Hill) and TABLE are two local hunger-relief organizations that getprovide healthy food to local hungry children suffering from hunger throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Both organizations primarily get referrals though school social workers. PORCH and TABLE are actively involved in local hunger relief efforts through different programs.

Posted by Xuan Li on Tue. November 25, 2014 12:06 PM
Categories: Student Research

From the Ground Up

When a family becomes homeless, their primary concerns revolve around survival - it's understandable if "play" gets lost in the hustle for food and shelter. But PLM Families Together - a Raleigh-area nonprofit that helps families transition back to stable housing - knew how important a playground would be to their families. Research Fellow Joe Polich and 3 recent law school grads volunteered to help build that playground last week. Read further for a quick summary of that experience.

Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Mon. November 3, 2014 1:30 PM
Categories: Events

The Effect of Filing for Bankruptcy on Foreclosure

Over the past few months the Foreclosure Project team here at the Poverty Center has been collecting data on residential foreclosures that started during 2012 in Durham County, NC. Now as the summer season is drawing to a close, we wanted to analyze them to see if filing for bankruptcy affected the foreclosure process.

Posted by Patrick T. VanderJeugdt on Mon. August 18, 2014 3:51 PM
Categories: Student Research

Reflections on Foreclosure in Durham

Over the last several weeks, I’ve transitioned from researching North Carolina’s suffering textile industry to an equally distressing topic — Durham County’s foreclosure statistics. I have focused on 2011 and 2012 foreclosure stats, and though we have heard repeatedly over the last few years how our nation’s housing has suffered, it never hit me as much as reading through individual files.

Posted by John T. Gibson on Fri. August 8, 2014 1:32 PM
Categories: Student Research

Poverty News Roundup - July 28

Caroline Barrineau keeps us updated on all the poverty-related news over the last week. This week's roundup includes an Unemployment Insurance update, child-care subsidy cuts, NC's ranking in child well being, and a timely update on school supplies.

Posted by Caroline B. Barrineau on Tue. July 29, 2014 1:53 PM
Categories: Poverty News Roundup

Impressions of the Food Bank at Crisis Assistance Ministries

John Gibson, a research assistant at the Poverty Center, describes what left the greatest impression on him during our recent trip to Crisis Assistance Ministries in Charlotte, NC.

Posted by John T. Gibson on Wed. July 9, 2014 4:12 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte

A Slide with No Ladder - Opportunity in Charlotte

Rory Fleming, a Research Assistant with the Poverty Center, reflects on our most recent visit to Charlotte. The subject matter of Rory's piece includes a Harvard study that placed Charlotete 50th out of 50 cities studied in terms of economic mobility, but the writing features a chance encounter with a dilapidated playground - featuring a slide without a ladder - that struck him in a profound way.

Posted by Rory J. Fleming on Wed. July 9, 2014 3:05 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte, Student Research

Education or Exploitation: Is For-profit Education an Investment or a Scam? Part 2

In the face of complaints about for-profit colleges, the Department of Education is proposing to strengthen the Gainful Employment Rule. The new rule will allow prospective students to evaluate and compare schools before enrolling and incurring student loan debt.

Posted by Bianca A. Kegler on Wed. July 9, 2014 12:54 PM
Categories: Student Research

Education or Exploitation: Is For-profit Education an Investment or a Scam? Part 1

With a competitive job market and societal pressure to obtain a postsecondary degree, millions of Americans seek to obtain higher education. Some attend non-profit colleges and universities, while growing numbers enroll in programs administered by for-profits. For-profit colleges differ because they are managed and governed by private corporations and are established to make money.

However, the growing concern is whether students at for-profit colleges are receiving a quality education. Issues of low graduation rates, employability, and excessive debt have led to state and federal action.

Posted by Bianca A. Kegler on Wed. July 9, 2014 12:27 PM
Categories: Student Research

USPS as Alternative to Payday Lenders?

The Office of the Inspector General of the USPS released a white page report in January detailing a plan to offer new non-bank financial products and services in post office branches across the country. The report states that, among other reasons, offering these products and services in post office branches will provide affordable access for many Americans whose only other alternatives are expensive payday lenders and check-cashing services. These underserved Americans commonly live in zip codes where banks have closed branches, often because such branches are unprofitable.

Posted by Patrick T. VanderJeugdt on Mon. June 30, 2014 3:53 PM
Categories: Student Research
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