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PHOTO: Crafting policies that can narrow the historically high income gaps in Oregon and the U.S. is a focus of this week's Neighborhood Partnerships RE:conference in Salem. Photo credit: abluecup/iStockphoto.com

SALEM, Ore. – When communities put the right programs and policies in place, they can spark progress for families. This week, a two-day conference in Salem examines what Oregon could be doing to make the biggest impact. The Oregon nonprofit group Neighborhood Partnerships calls it a RE:confe ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds low-income home weatherization in Ohio provides big dividends for households, but is threatened by the current freeze on Ohio's Clean Energy Standards. Photo credit: Dennis Shroeder/NREL.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Besides keeping Ohioans warm on chilly days, a new report from Policy Matters Ohio finds home weatherization saves energy, reduces pollution, and creates jobs. An estimated 300,000 Ohio households spend over 30 percent of their yearly income on home energy bills, which report auth ...Read More

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association is one of 140 groups taking the "Purple Purse Challenge" to help survivors of abuse regain their independence. Image courtesy of the Allstate Foundation.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - High-profile cases of domestic violence have fueled the public's demand that the crime carry serious consequences. The avalanche of pressure was triggered in part by the case of suspended National Football League player Ray Rice. Michelle Fiore, AmeriCorps Program Director with the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Our Children, Our Future campaign says there has been mushrooming enthusiasm building towards next week's events aimed at easing West Virginia child poverty. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Organizers stress next week's Our Children, Our Future campaign events at the state capitol will be much larger than last year's. They credit real public interest and a lot of grassroots organizing. Stephanie Tyree, director of community engagement and policy for The We ...Read More

PHOTO: A new reports examines how the housing crisis is still having an impact on some of Ohio's lowest-income renters. Photo courtesy of Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) and National Low-Income Housing Coalition has found affordable rental housing is out of reach for many of the state's poorest residents. Bill Faith, executive director at COHHIO, says it's become increasin ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says median rent prices in Minnesota have risen by 6 percent since 2000, while renter income over that time has fallen by 17 percent. Photo credit: Michael Hicks/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Finding an affordable place to rent is becoming more difficult in nearly every county in the state, according to a new study. The latest analysis from the Minnesota Housing Partnership found that, despite some economic improvements, for many families statewide it's a growing strug ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

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