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.
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.
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.
January 19, 2000
This is an excerpt of a Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial, which was published Jan. 4. EVER since governors began creating "widows' pensions" in the 19th century, Americans have struggled between two views of public assistance for needy families. One sees welfare as a compassionate, even essential, lifeline to families who fall on hard times. The other says that welfare winds up rewarding the irresponsible and entrapping the indolent. The latter view gained favor in America during the early 1990s -- in part because the nation's welfare rolls were rising sharply, and in part because Americans had grown skeptical of government antipoverty efforts.
November 24, 2004
A group of Oakland Mills Middle School pupils is doing its part to end world hunger by hitting the books. Through the Read to Feed program, they are soliciting pledges for reading a certain number of books. The money is used to purchase animals such as heifers, goats, chickens and water buffalo for poor families around the world. Read to Feed is sponsored by Heifer International, a nonprofit organization based in Little Rock, Ark., that aims to help poor families with long-term solutions to their problems.