June 8, 1991
When it comes to America's disadvantaged, stereotypes are deceiving. The latest shocking revelations come from a report by the Children's Defense Fund which found that one in five American children is poor. That's not just urban America crying out of the statistics, either.In analyzing 1989 census reports, the fund found that the inner-city black child of a mother on welfare simply is not the typical poor child. Only one in 10 of this country's poor children is urban and black; the fastest-growing poverty problem is in the suburbs, where a fourth of all poor children live.
August 10, 1994
Over the years, federal housing policies have had a decidedly mixed record. To its credit, the federal government created mortgage programs that put homeownership within reach of many middle class families. On the other hand, it was also federal dollars that clustered poor families together in high-rise slums in which a host of social pathologies can thrive. After years of gridlock on housing issues, Congress and the Clinton administration are now undertaking some long-overdue reforms and innovations.
June 3, 1991
A Knight-Ridder News Service graphic published in The Sun yesterday misstated a national child-poverty statistic. In 1989, 4.9 million of 12 million poor children, or about 2 in 5, lived in families with incomes below half the poverty line.The Sun regrets the errors.WASHINGTON -- Contrary to stereotype, only 1 in 10 poor American children is urban, black and living with a mother on welfare, according to a groundbreaking report on child poverty to be released today.Instead, rising numbers of the 12 million poor children in the United States are more likely to be Hispanic or children living in the suburbs, says James D. Weill of the Children's Defense Fund, which published the study.
September 2, 1994
A column in yesterday's editions gave the wrong first name for state Del. Louis L. DePazzo, a Dundalk Democrat.The Sun regrets the errors.You want to hear a scary story? Thanks to the federal government, that collection of godless bureaucrats who want only to do harm to America, 285 poor families in Baltimore will move to a better neighborhood this fall.Here's the scary part. One of those families -- maybe even two or three -- could move to your neighborhood.Scared? Well, they're scared in eastern Baltimore County.
May 7, 2003
POOR FAMILIES struggling to move from welfare to work are being rewarded now with a stealth attack on the very federal programs they need to escape the cycle of poverty. From school lunch programs to rental housing assistance to the earned-income tax credit, the Bush administration has launched a broad-scale crackdown. An almost punitive tone shows up in higher eligibility requirements, less generous ways of financing various programs and a selective hunt for fraud among the poor. Money for child care provided in legislation reauthorizing the welfare reform law falls short of what is needed by working poor families whose grip on a job depends on it. A House-passed version of the bill increases work requirements and thus child care costs for the states by $8 billion to $11 billion - but provides no new funding.
August 16, 1994
After years of getting it wrong -- clustering low-income housing units in ways that segregated poor families from the rest of society -- the Department of Housing and Urban Development has come up with a program that gets it right. Move to Opportunity nudges federal housing policy toward common sense, steering Section 8 rental subsidies away from neighborhoods that already have high percentages of impoverished residents, and toward areas that can easily absorb less affluent families with no risk to stability or property values.