March 15, 2012

Impact of Recession Still Being Felt by Children, Schools

Posted in Education, Poverty at 6:20 PM by minoritybrief

According to recent reports, the economy is showing signs of recovery.  But the impact of the recession, particularly on children, will be felt far into the future.

As the foreclosure crisis and continued unemployment push poverty to record levels , many Americans are sliding into homelessness.  The Obama Administration estimates that family homelessness increased by 20 percent from 2007 to 2010 .

And while the loss of a home is traumatic for anyone, it is especially so for children.  The mental, emotional, and economic consequences can extend far into adulthood.

More from the Huffington Post…


July 16, 2010

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

Posted in Poverty at 7:22 PM by minoritybrief

Over 2.7 billion people in the world live on $2 or less a day. They manage to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, plan for medical emergencies, and even save for retirement – How do they do it?

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

November 16, 2009

Who’s Eating: Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Posted in Poverty, Social Policy, Uncategorized tagged , at 10:29 PM by minoritybrief

First the good news – According to a new USDA report, 85 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2008, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.  Unfortunately the other side of that number means that the remaining households (14.6 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food security.  In those cases, the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.  Single moms, blacks, and Hispanics were more likely to experience some degree of insecurity. As a candidate President Obama pledged to end hunger among children by 2015. The USDA now plans to utilize $85 million on programs that serve children dependant on schools for breakfast and lunch. As Congress considers healthcare and possible stimulus packages and tax cut extensions, $85 million starts to look awfully small. Somewhere in the mix, Congress and the USDA need to implement more programs and policies specifically geared toward our children.

November 3, 2009

The End of Poverty?

Posted in Poverty tagged , at 1:04 AM by minoritybrief


A new film opening in a few weeks in select cities tries to answer the huge question about how we can have so much wealth and so much poverty in this world at the same time. The pictures are startling, disturbing, and painful to see. They are also overwhelming. It’s easy, and easier, to feel insignificant and incapable in the face of such daunting circumstances. As people struggle to take care of their own, the thought of doing for others may seem too much to ask. But as I look at my own children I know that but for the grace of God, there go I. My life and the opportunities I have are part blessing and part luck. Either way, it is not acceptable for me to coast on that and do nothing. Once you’ve been exposed to information, doing nothing out of ignorance ceases to be an option. Instead, when you do nothing, it’s out of choice, a conscious and deliberate decision. I have no idea what the answers are, and I have some trepidation about what kind of sacrifices I would be willing to make. But I know it’s too late to do nothing any longer.