DOUBLE Weekly Poverty News Roundup - 3/28 - 4/11

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Health Care

More to do on NC Health Care Gap, Raleigh News and Observer editorial by Mark Dakkak

From the editorial: The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide health care access for every person living in poverty. But when North Carolina state legislators refused to expand Medicaid in March 2013, two groups fell into a gap: all poor childless adults and some poor families. As a result, in this state, every childless adult living in poverty is barred from help. Some N.C. families who should qualify are left out, too. Families of four making more than the state’s Medicaid cutoff of $10,000 but less than the federal poverty line of $23,500 receive no help with health insurance costs.

Unemployment

U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed, WFAE

Education

Data shows inequality in public schools for minority students, The Daily Tar Heel

From the article: Of the school system’s 2,075 students in preschool programs, the majority – 1,400 – are children with learning disabilities who are getting services because of the federal requirement that special-education students get a “free appropriate public education.”

The remaining children – 675 – are in the district’s Title I prekindergarten program, with 822 more on a waiting list, according to Hamilton. Title I is a federal program targeted at helping low-income students.

If the funding is approved, Hamilton said they’ll be able to serve an additional 200 special-education students and add 40 slots to the Title I prekindergarten program.

Hunger

Three Area Counties Targeted for Summer Food Assistance, The Winston-Salem Journal

From the article: Three Northwest North Carolina counties – Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes – have been identified by the U.S. Agriculture Department as qualified to receive summer food assistance for children.

The federal agency selected 50 counties to participate in its Strike Force campaign, which aims to leverage partnerships in poverty-stricken rural areas, and to ensure that every community has equal access to its programs.

Child Poverty

Group Addresses Child Poverty, The Daily Courier

From the article: Before Pennock took the podium, Dr. John Kinlaw, former superintendent of Rutherford County Schools, welcomed the audience and said three out of every five children in the county are hungry and four out of five children are hungry once a week.

“That is not a shock to the educators in Rutherford County,” Kinlaw said.

“Poverty is real,” he said.

Other

New Report Says Wilmington Rental Prices “Unaffordable”, WWAY News

The typical renter in North Carolina earns around $12.42 an hour, but a renter in Wilmington would have to earn $15.73 an hour to afford a “basic apartment.”

National

The Other Side of Paradise, Business Insider

This photo essay explores the large, hidden homeless communities in the state of Hawaii. The state now has the third-highest per capita homeless population in the U.S.

The U.S. Cities Where the Poor are Most Segregated From Everyone Else, Atlantic Cities

Jacksonville, NC is recognized as a place where the poor are least segregated from everyone else. What large metro areas are the most or least segregated?

Not Quite News, But Neat Anyway

Looking at Appalachia, a photojournalism project managed by photographer Roger May.

From their overview page: Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project will look at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.


Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Fri. April 11, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Poverty News Roundup
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