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In N.C., Communities Find Poverty Affects All and Focus on Potential

In N.C., Communities Find Poverty Affects All and Focus on Potential

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Eric Howell holds painful memories of his futile treks up and down Asheville’s thoroughfares looking for work. He pleaded with hiring managers at fast-food restaurants, grocery chains and retail stores. He said he was a hard worker, that he had children to feed and that he just wanted a paycheck in exchange for […]

One Way to Cut Child Poverty? Community Support, N.C. Families Say

One Way to Cut Child Poverty? Community Support, N.C. Families Say

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When a tree fell in July 2016 and destroyed her family’s mobile home in Leicester, Kwana Bailey considered giving up. Perhaps it was time to throw in the towel, the mother of six wondered. Maybe she should take her kids and camp out in front of social services until someone came to […]

Are Tiny Homes a Solution to Homelessness?

Are Tiny Homes a Solution to Homelessness?

In 2001, a group of homeless people In Portland, Oregon, set up a campsite under a downtown bridge. The city didn’t have enough shelter space to accommodate its homeless population, and as the camp attracted more and more people, authorities began regular sweeps, clearing away tents and sleeping bags — which inevitably cropped right back […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Spend a little time talking with Bryan C. Jones and you’ll have a hard time thinking of him as average. But, like far too many Black men, the 55-year-old from Ohio has spent time locked up. When Jones was released from an Ohio State penitentiary in 2008, he recalls that a social worker attempted to […]

Ending Poverty in Florida, Fueled by Advocates and Attorneys

Ending Poverty in Florida, Fueled by Advocates and Attorneys

A Miami youth whose life had been paralyzed by poverty and the criminal justice system spoke openly in October last year regarding her plight. While stealing food to feed both herself and a 2-year-old sibling, she was arrested and charged with theft. With no income or support system, she was left hopeless and unable to […]

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Clarence Lang, professor and chairperson of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, spoke to students and interested faculty late last year as part of the African and Black Diaspora Studies’ lecture series on Black Lives Matter movement. His talk, about the “long shadow of the ’60s” continued the conversations students had […]

Homeless Students in America: What Are We Doing to Help?

Homeless Students in America: What Are We Doing to Help?

DELAND, Fla. — Bryanna Anderson is an African-American senior enrolled at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. Amidst tears and fragile nerves, she shared an emotional story that chronicles a life of poverty and homelessness. Her captive audience was a packed room of Volusia County educators and community leaders attending the 2015 Poverty and Homeless […]

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Ari Hampton came out to his father when he was 18. It didn’t go well. Fearing for his life, the gay teen ran away, ending up on the streets of Detroit. To survive, he sold the only thing he had—his body. To deal with the harsh realities of his life and the humiliation of sex […]

Audio Report: Will Baltimore Public Housing Idea Work?

Audio Report: Will Baltimore Public Housing Idea Work?

The frustrations that have convulsed Baltimore this spring have roots in police practices, yes – but also much deeper roots, roots that stretch back over a century, in a history of various government policies that made racial segregation official. Audio Report: Baltimore Public Housing Your browser does not support the audio element. Take public housing, […]