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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

PHOTO: A new report finds that while there is still work to be done, Illinois is making strides in improving the well-being of its children. Photo credit: Anita Peppers / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being finds both good and bad news in Illinois. According to the 2014 edition of the national Kids Count Data Book, Illinois has seen improvements over the last decade in the teen birth rate, as well as the mortality rate for child ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 27th nationally in an annual snapshot of child well-being. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkenson / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist. An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from last year. Glenn Augustine, vi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005. ...Read More

PHOTO: The minimum wage in California is going up $1 starting July 1st. The increase from $8 to $9 an hour is the first increase in the state's minimum wage since 2008. Photo credit: San Jose State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's minimum-wage workers are getting a bump in pay. Beginning Tuesday, the state's minimum wage is increasing from $8 to $9 an hour. In 2016, the minimum wage will jump to $10 an hour under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The bill's author, Assem ...Read More

PHOTO: State leaders say initiatives and programs aimed at combating homelessness have contributed to a 6 percent decrease in Hoosiers living in shelters or on the street. Photo credit: Joe Zlomek/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – There are some positive findings in an annual snapshot of homelessness in Indiana. The 2014 Point-in-Time Homeless Count found a 2 percent decrease in overall homelessness from last year, which makes the overall decrease 6 percent since 2010. Lori Dimick, director of community ...Read More

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