poverty

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: In The Grip Of Poverty, Inequality

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:37 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Blair Horner: Health Inequality Grows

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.

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New England News
6:35 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Massachusetts To Stop Sheltering Homeless In Motels

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.

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New England News
6:19 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Massachusetts Funding Collaborative Announces Record Donations

The Friends of the Homeless resource center in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

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 .

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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.”

His latest book is Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America.

New England News
6:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Food Pantries Struggle To Meet Summer Demand

The shelves are mostly bare at the Open Pantry Emergency Food Pantry in Springfield MA
WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor

This apartment house in Springfield MA damaged by the June 1 2011 tornado was later demolished
WAMC

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..

 

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Anti-poverty Activists Urge Reversal Of Budget Cuts

  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.

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