The classroom can break the cycle of poverty. It's an axiom we hear routinely, in stump speeches and research papers. "The great equalizer," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called it. "The one force that can consistently overcome differences in background, culture, and privilege." Education ... More >>
The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2012 report on housing, education, and income. The findings show that poverty in New York City increased in 2012, up to 14.8 percent from 14.1 percent the year before. Despite the steady clime in the number of people living under the poverty line since 2009, rent ... More >>
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Who said the recession was over? Coming off the news that New York City's homelessness population is at Great Depression levels, the Bloomberg administration released a report this weekend that nails that whole neo-Gilded-Age income disparity point in just a little bit deeper. In 2011, the populati ... More >>
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When a worker in this city has to endure a three-hour walk to work because his minimum wage salary doesn't allow for him to afford public transportation, that's a problem. Low-wage workers across the city have stood up in the past year to demand that such insecurity be eradicated and to pressure e ... More >>
Low-wage workers and advocates took New York City by storm at the close of last year with mass demonstrations across the city for better wages and work-place conditions. Thus, one might assume that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $1.50 minimum wage increase during his annual State of the State add ... More >>
Since 2009, Louis Abate -- in his former role as a Nassau County housing official responsible for distributing Section 8 federal housing funds -- has been writing $5,000 checks every month to a landlord named "J.M. Watson" to subsidize the rent of low-income families living in an apartment Watson su ... More >>
Gardens are hard to come by in New York City -- but that's because they're not a necessity. But in places like Africa, obtaining food isn't as easy as heading over to the local bodega and swiping the credit card. Gardens are a vital part communities in impoverished nations and a NYC-based organiza ... More >>
Finally, there's some good news about food stamps that doesn't have to do with fraud or Octomoms. A new study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the food stamp program (SNAP) reduced the poverty rate by eight percent in 2009.
A top U.N. human rights expert got into a heated disagreement with the leader of the World Trade Organization on Friday, calling WTO-backed food policies "outdated" and a "lose-lose" for the world's poor, the Associated Press reports.
If anyone can save the day, it's a red-headed orphan
The new face of poverty on Sesame StreetIn an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger, the makers of Sesame Street are introducing a new Muppet to the neighborhood. Her name is Lily, and her family has an "ongoing struggle with hunger."
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 3, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 5 Radical pragmatism: the shadow government By Geraldo Rivera AN OUTLINE FOR SAVING 30 SQUARE BLOCKS OF THE WORLD The Lower East Side is dying. Like the South Bronx, Central Brooklyn, and Harlem, it ha ... More >>
The New York State Department of Labor, New York City Department of Investigation, and Manhattan DA's office say they just busted 37 New Yorkers for stealing more than $300,000 in unemployment and section 8 housing benefits from city and state agencies. Jerks.
There are 435 congressional districts in the United States of America. And the poorest one in the country is right here in New York City. Can you guess which one it is?
It's Jay-Z. The end.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 11, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 30 A Political Walk: Poor Man's East Side By Don McNeill After a Senate hearing on Grand Street to evaluate the War on Poverty and a gefilte fish lunch at Ratner's, Bobby Kennedy and Jacob Javits spent a rai ... More >>
Our own Neil deMause, who literally wrote the book on the subject, has repeatedly tried to show what a boondoggle stadium-building can be for cities and neighborhoods. Here's new evidence of what the new Yankee Stadium has brought to The Bronx. Not only is the borough home to one of the poorest con ... More >>
In the wake of what the Obama administration is calling a terror attempt on a Northwest Airlines jet yesterday, the Transportation Safety Administration has announced, but not released, new restrictions on airplane passengers. Not released to us, anyway. Air Canada apparently got a copy.
(DeBlasio)Home care providers -- the folks who watch your kids when you're at work -- are some of the lowest paid workers in the country. Most of the city's 20,000 providers earn around $19,000 a year -- well below the poverty line for a family of four. In October 2007, New York state said these wor ... More >>
Mercy Corps is hosting "Harvest, Sustenance and Survival: A Photo Exhibit of Women and Food from Around the World," a gallery of images highlighting International Women's Day, and Mercy's Corp work to fight poverty and hunger around the world. The event runs from March 4th to 11th at the Chelsea ... More >>
When Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on Economic Opportunities—given this administration, the unfortunate C.E.O. acronym is probably intentional—issued its final report on reducing poverty in the five boroughs last week, expectations weren't exactly off the charts. Disgruntled members of the 38 ... More >>
"We all know what's going to happen in the mayoral election," said a Democratic operative to me this morning, and that's bad news for Freddy, Virginia, Giff, and Anthony. If you're a candidate, worse than any gaffe or flip-flop or poorly pitched policy is the moment when your own party loyalists beg ... More >>
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