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What Works News Round-Up – May 29, 2015

by Admin

In the News

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

NPR (5/28/15) FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband
When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do. Wheeler on Thursday proposed allowing Lifeline recipients to use the subsidy, $9.25 a month, to help pay for broadband access, not just phone service.

The Washington Post (5/28/15) One in Five U.S. Schoolchildren are Living Below Federal Poverty Line
More than one out of every five school-age children in the U.S. were living below the federal poverty line in 2013, according to new federal statistics released Thursday. That amounted to 10.9 million children — or 21 percent of the total — a six percent increase in the childhood poverty rate since 2000.

CityLab (5/27/15) Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State
Rents keep rising because the demand for rentals keeps growing, and that’s partly because fewer people can afford to buy their homes today than they could before the recession. The low supply of rentals has created a situation where people who definitely can’t afford to buy are also priced out of renting.

LA Times (5/26/15) Programs Aim to Boost Preschool Educations for Low-Income Children
California has begun to restore its childcare and preschool programs after $1 billion in cuts following the 2008 recession. Over the last three years, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have reinvested more than $400 million into the programs, including 11,500 seats in the California State Preschool Program serving 3- and 4-year-olds.

Urban Wire Blog (5/26/15) One Solution to Racial Wealth Inequities
An equitable society—one in which all members are valued, experience just treatment, receive fair compensation for their efforts and contributions, and can reach their maximum potential—is an ideal long heralded in this country. But this ideal has not yet been achieved, and recent trends indicate that inequity is growing, rather than receding.

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