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What Works News Round-Up – April 10, 2015

by Admin

In the News

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

The Washington Post (4/10/15) Closing The Gender Wage Gap Could Pull Half Of Working Single Moms Out Of Poverty
More women than ever financially support their families. And with American women today earning 78.3 cents for every dollar a man makes, female workers who struggle economically often face a steeper climb to prosperity than their male counterparts.

CNN (4/7/15) Julián Castro: Our national affordable housing crisis
Can you imagine paying $1,000 a month in rent to live in a one-car garage? Nicole, a 30-year-old woman, doesn’t have to imagine this scenario because it’s her everyday reality. The small and unusual living space is all that this employed, single mother can afford in her high-cost community in San Mateo, California.

CityLab (4/7/15) 2015’s Most Walkable U.S. Cities
In an announcement that will surprise no one, Walk Score, the company that produces the go-to metric for walkable cities, has once again ranked New York as the number one most walkable large U.S. city.

Nonprofit Quarterly (4/7/15) Community Development Block Grants: They Ain’t Just For Housing
This week is National Community Development Week, meant to recognize and underscore the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, now 41 years old.

NPR (4/7/15) Amid Seattle’s Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes
Across the U.S., more than a million Americans wound up in homeless shelters in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the Obama administration.

The Wall Street Journal (4/6/15) How Rich And Poor Spend (And Earn) Their Money
For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That’s because—even in an era with low overall inflation—low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing.

The Boston Globe (4/6/15) Parents, Education, And The Relentlessness Of Low Incomes
Many aspects of the economic picture have improved since the height of the recession in late 2008. Yet the number of children living in families categorized as poor or near-poor remains stubbornly high.

Governing (4/6/15) Are Government Efforts to Help Poor People Manage Money Working?
For decades, nonprofits that serve the poor have tried to impart lessons about managing money, but until recently it’s been hard to know whether the services work.

The Los Angeles Times (4/3/15) Literacy Gap Between Latino And White Toddlers Starts Early, Study Shows
Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday.

 

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