Latest Poverty News

Extra cash for low-income mothers may influence baby brains

Jan. 24, 2022 19:10 PM EST

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development. Brain measurements at age 1 showed faster activity in key brain regions in infants whose low-income families received $300-plus monthly for a year, compared with those who got...

United Way in NC adopts anti-racism approach to end poverty

Jan. 24, 2022 00:04 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Until 2021, the Triangle Land Conservancy would not have qualified for funding from the United Way of the Greater Triangle. Funding traditionally went to nonprofits that focus on hunger, affordable housing, mental health, education and career readiness — not...

Rhode Island nonprofits awarded $2M to help the homeless

Jan. 23, 2022 10:33 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced that $2 million in federal funding is available to help Rhode Island charitable organizations assist people experiencing homelessness this winter. Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, made the announcement about the new Emergency Food...

Bus used in Milwaukee homeless outreach destroyed in arson

Jan. 22, 2022 12:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A bus used by a Milwaukee homeless outreach organization to distribute food, clothes and other resources has been destroyed in an arson. Vicky Cordani, vice president of the Street Angels board of directors, told the Journal Sentinel Friday the bus was stocked...

Former officer’s art exhibit features portraits of homeless

Jan. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — What compels a former police officer — once tasked with “cleaning up” the homeless situation in downtown Ann Arbor — to devote his time to humanizing and documenting the lives of those very people through art? Compassion had a lot to do with it,...

'Wuhan, I Am Here': Film follows volunteers in sealed city

Jan. 22, 2022 00:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death. Film director Lan Bo hopes to...

Oxford artist hits it big, seeks community’s help

Jan. 22, 2022 00:05 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Local artist, designer and business owner Timber Heard shot for the stars and hit her target, but she is asking for community support to take her next big step. Heard designs handbags and jewelry pieces and creates custom orders for customers through her...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

Lawmakers advance spending plan for pandemic funds

Jan. 20, 2022 14:45 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Legislative committees on Thursday advanced plans to spend more than half of the state's available $772 million in pandemic relief funds for broadband expansion and water and sewer projects. The two budget committees approved identical spending plans for...

UAE envoy: Yemen's Houthis used missiles in Abu Dhabi attack

Jan. 19, 2022 15:12 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels used cruise and ballistic missiles, in addition to drones, in an attack on Abu Dhabi this week that killed three people and set off fires at a fuel depot and an international airport, the Emirati ambassador to the United States said...