In his new book, So Rich, So Poor, former Clinton and Kennedy policy advisor Peter Edelman writes that poverty and inequality stem from the same root causes. They cannot be separated – certainly not in America today.
It’s well established that the income gap between rich and poor in America has increased over the past few decades. Income inequality among developed nations is highest in the United States. Most of the growth in this inequality has been between the middle class and top earners, with the disparity becoming more extreme the further one goes up in income.
The state aims to phase out the use of motel rooms as emergency shelters for homeless families over the next 18 months and halt the program completely by June 30, 2014. Aaron Gornstein, the Undersecretary of The Department of Housing and Community Development said eliminating the motel system is in the best interest of taxpayers and homeless families.
A group of Massachusetts based foundations and corporations have announced millions in donations to help low income people survive the winter. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The statewide funding collaborative, MassNeeds, on Tuesday announced that $8.4 million has been raised to help poor people with the basic needs of food, heat and shelter this winter. The money comes from 41 corporate, private and public foundations and will be shared by 150 charities .
National Book Award-winning author, Jonathan Kozol, has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years and has been called “today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.”
Food pantries are in dire straits this summer. Programs that feed the poor are seeing rising demand, less government help and higher prices for food. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
An emergency food pantry in Springfield Massachusetts had to close temporarily for one day last week after its shelves went bare.
Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
As the Massachusetts House is set to begin debate today on a proposed $32 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, anti poverty activists are decrying proposals they claim will erode the social safety net. WAMC'S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.