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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

Housing/Homelessness

Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change ...Read More

In Connecticut, 25 percent of households earn incomes above the poverty level but below the basic cost of living. (USDA/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thirty-five-percent of Connecticut households are struggling just to get by, according to a new report from United Way. The ALICE Update - "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" - on housing adds to the findings of another report on the needs of low-income families issued l ...Read More

Some senior home-care workers could see a 50 percent pay cut by Friday if Illinois' budget impasse continues. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois' longtime budget impasse means hundreds of senior home-care workers could see their paychecks cut in half as soon as Friday. The state owes about $1 million in payments to Family Home Service in Chicago. Since the impasse began in July, FHS office manager Marsha Holmes ...Read More

No matter what type of home heat source, assistance is available for low-income Oregonians who can't afford their utility bills. (C. Thomas)

REDMOND, Ore. - Oregonians at risk of falling behind on their home-heating bills this winter have some options. Funds are still available for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which isn't always the case this far into the season. To get help, households have to apply and sho ...Read More

Illinois activists say research shows taxpayers are subsidizing low-wage employers.(iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois community activists are continuing their push for the passage of a bill that would force large employers to either pay a livable wage or pay a fine. It's called the Cook County Responsible Business Act. Supporters say the county could lead the way for the r ...Read More

While health care access has improved for low-income Illinois families, a new scorecard shows the state lagging behind in other areas. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Most economists agree that the U.S. is recovering from the Great Recession, but researchers also find many families are still struggling financially. A scorecard released today by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development shows the Illinois' economy is a mixed ...Read More

Minnesota housing advocates are asking state lawmakers to consider investments in housing and services for low-income residents. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With thousands of families facing homelessness in Minnesota, a group of affordable-housing advocates are kicking off a campaign in St. Paul today to help with the statewide problem. The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless reports about 14,000 Minnesotans don't have a home. Ab ...Read More

A new report suggests a lack of public assistance for low-income New Yorkers could be contributing to the state’s homeless problem. (H Dominique Abed/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York officials agree, the state has a homeless problem. The reasons behind the state's growing homeless population however, are constantly debated. But a report by the Empire Justice Center suggests part of the problem may have to do with the heating and shelter allowances given ...Read More

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