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What Works News Round-Up – February 14, 2014

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The American Prospect (2/12/14) Stress, Poverty, and the Childhood Reading Gap
A recent study adds to the mounting pile of evidence that a child’s early years are critical for determining later academic success. Poor kids are falling far behind.

NPR (2/12/14) Fixing Poverty Is More Complicated Than Handing Out Cash
This is such a unique situation with the Cherokee. It’s more like shareholders of a business. They own the business, and they created the business to some degree. And they receive the benefits of it.

NBC News (2/12/14) Seesaw Economy: Nearly One in Three Dipped Into Poverty
Nearly one in three Americans experienced a stint of poverty between 2009 and 2011, a new Census Bureau report finds, but only a fraction of those people were stuck below the poverty line for the entire three-year period.

NPR (2/11/14) Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability
So LoPiano’s group and a coalition of other housing nonprofits, called the , decided it was time to get creative — to do what private investors have done for decades. They became the first nonprofits to form what’s called a real estate investment trust, or REIT.

Slate (2/10/14) Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem
Unfortunately, more fresh food closer to home likely does nothing for folks at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Obesity levels don’t drop when low-income city neighborhoods have or get grocery stores.

60 Minutes (2/9/14) 100,000 Homes: Housing the Homeless Saves Money?
They’re people who once might have been viewed as unreachable. But cities and counties affiliated with a movement known as the 100,000 Homes Campaign have so far managed to get 80,000 of them off the streets.

The Washington Post (2/9/14) Preschool is important, but it’s more important for poor children
The issue is how, not whether, to invest more in preschool, mindfully preventing learning disparities before they emerge. Poor youngsters enter kindergarten already four to six months behind their middle-class peers in oral language and preliteracy skills.

Rooflines (2/5/14) There is No “Culture of Poverty”
If there is any correlation between marriage and poverty, it is about jobs. Families with two or more wage earners (who do not have to be married and do not have to be different genders) are more likely to be able to move out of poverty than a family with only one wage earner.

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