Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, recently compiled a report on his visit to some cities in the United States of America. Over a two-week period, he traveled to California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Not limiting himself to experts and civil society groups, he met with senior state and federal government officials. … Continue reading Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in America
On Thanksgiving St Bartholomew’s Church in New York City hosted an unusual dinner. Guests who paid $100 a head shared their holiday dinner with the homeless. This was an interesting experiment to say the least. About five hundred extremely diverse people eating dinner in a church. And apparently this was no slap dash meal prepared by the ladies guild. The meal was prepared by chefs … Continue reading Lions and Lambs?
Most people have forgotten the government sequester that ended in December 2013. However, across the board cuts in services that took place last spring have had effects that are still impacting the poor and homeless. Housing programs that were available to families with children, the elderly, and the disabled to prevent homelessness have suffered, leaving those populations struggling to find housing. The effects of … Continue reading Housing Budget Cuts and the Homeless
A report released today brings some positive news from the administration on dealing with childhood hunger. According to a story by Bryce Covert on ThinkProgress Michelle Obama and the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tim Vilsack are going to announce a new program that will provide free breakfast and lunch to school children regardless of income. The article states this is due to … Continue reading Childhood Hunger
Children and Poverty With the recent cuts to SNAP/Food Stamp benefits I decided to take a look at how children are affected by this decrease. How poor are America’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens? According to an article published by the Children’s Defense Fund 16.1 million children in America are poor, … Continue reading Children and Poverty