Latest Poverty News

UN flood aid appeal jumps amid disease surge in Pakistan

Oct. 04, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Alarmed by a surge in disease, the United Nations is asking for five times’ more international aid after deadly floods in Pakistan left millions of survivors homeless and at rising risk of waterborne diseases and other ailments. The U.N. on Tuesday raised its...

Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in gas money scam

Oct. 03, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to conspiring with a New Jersey couple on a bogus feel-good story of helping a motorist in distress that garnered more than $400,000 in online donations has been sentenced to three years' probation. Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 39,...

Montana judge knocks down Republicans' tighter voting laws

Oct. 03, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge struck down as unconstitutional three laws that restricted voting in the state, saying there was no evidence of the widespread voter fraud that the 2021 Republican-sponsored laws ostensibly were targeting. The laws ended same-day voter...

Russia smuggling Ukrainian grain to help pay for Putin's war

Oct. 03, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the bulk cargo ship Laodicea docked in Lebanon last summer, Ukrainian diplomats said the vessel was carrying grain stolen by Russia and urged Lebanese officials to impound the ship. Moscow called the allegation “false and baseless,” and Lebanon’s...

Rebel violence in eastern Congo causes hunger to soar

Oct. 02, 2022 03:25 AM EDT

NYIRAGONGO, Congo (AP) — The last thing Pasika Bagerimana remembers before her sons died were their cries of hunger. But the 25-year-old mother had nothing to feed them. “'Mom, I need to eat. Can you give me food?'” they pleaded with her. Daniel, 2, and Bonane, 5, died just...

Denver homeless program struggles to reduce death rates

Oct. 01, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — When people who had been homeless for years moved off the Denver streets and into apartments, they were far less likely to end up in hospital emergency rooms or get locked up in jail. But they still died at the same rate as those who lived outside. ...

New plan aims to help homeless people downtown

Oct. 01, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — With the goal of tackling homelessness in and around downtown Wilmington, local leaders greenlighted a pilot program that pairs social workers with law enforcement. The new plan, which is being called the “Getting Home Street Outreach Program,” comes...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 30, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 23, 2022. Editorial: On Banned Books Week, imagine the world without libraries If you need proof that the pen remains more threatening than the sword, consider that many Americans are more passionate about banning books than they...

Hardship for Brazil's poor may cost Bolsonaro election

Sep. 30, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s presidential election will be decided by tens of millions of poor people, and they look set to eject incumbent Jair Bolsonaro from office — either in Sunday's first round or in a runoff. The far-right leader is reminding them of his pandemic welfare...

Former shelter head gets jail for stealing from organization

Sep. 30, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a publicly funded nonprofit that ran homeless shelters in Massachusetts has been sent to jail for a year for stealing $1.5 million from the organization and lying under oath, prosecutors said. Manuel Duran, 70, was also sentenced Thursday to four...