Category Archives: Poverty

Ameena Matthews: Making a Peaceful Difference on the Streets of Chicago

I was fortunate to be in my car when Ameena Matthews was interviewed on “Fresh Air,” the on-air home of NPR’s extraordinary Terry Gross. The subject was The Interrupters, a new documentary by the maker of Oscar-winning Hoop Dreams. But the best part … Continue reading

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The cost to a low-income family of having one child in high school band

According to my once-per-week housekeeper, Gloria — the single mother of one bright and hard-working kid who loves the clarinet and plays one in his high school marching band — during her son’s first year in the band she incurred these … Continue reading

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The downturn is hitting renters especially hard. Landlords, not much.

If the Great Recession were hitting everyone equally hard, it would be much easier to bear it. But it’s not. Among the groups being squeezed the hardest are renters. USA Today: The share of renters paying 30% or more of … Continue reading

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How “poor” are the poor: does the GOP claim that poverty is no big deal hold up?

Quantifying poverty is a harder problem than it ought to be, in that there are at least eight different Census Bureau poverty measurements, all yielding different answers. The imperfections behind the “15.1 percent in poverty” have led the conservative Heritage Foundation … Continue reading

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