INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence personally appeared before a Senate committee Wednesday and asked the panel to advance a House-approved prekindergarten voucher program for up to 1,000 low-income Hoosier children.
CHICAGO | Illinois' overall poverty rate is the same as it was a half-century ago despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a steep drop in the number of older people struggling to get by.
For Glen Ellis, it's a felony drug conviction and subsequent release from prison.
A recent study funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed nearly 70 percent of Americans born in poverty never achieve upward mobility. Such data defy the mythical notion that today’s impoverished masses can somehow transform their economic lives simply by maximizing resources trickling down…
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is poised to take another spin on the welfare drug testing merry-go-round, even though the program's cost will significantly exceed the savings gained from positive tests and a federal judge last month ruled a similar Florida law unconstitutional.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's 2014 education agenda is aggressive, to say the least.
Twenty years ago, when our region first developed a Quality of Life Indicators Report, the founders of the report recognized the harmful impact poverty has on all who call our region home. The latest version of the report shows that since 2000, the poverty rate has increased in Lake, Porter …
INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, is not impressed with state efforts to dream up complicated workarounds to the Affordable Care Act when implementing the law would immediately provide health coverage to an estimated 400,000 low-income Hoosiers.
Today is the last day of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 18-24). But we all know both hunger and homelessness will continue to confront us day after day after day. It's not going away just because the week dedicated to awareness has ended.
INDIANAPOLIS | A new poll shows more than three-fourths of Americans support a $9 per hour minimum wage, but don't look for the Republican-controlled General Assembly to boost Indiana's lowest legal pay rate next year above the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana distributes millions of pounds of food each year to families in need, but the organization believes fighting hunger locally requires more than providing meals.
GARY | Poverty reaches across Northwest Indiana into communities not traditionally considered areas of low incomes, and creating solutions will involve a regional partnership to stimulate economic growth and educational opportunities.
The fight continues in Washington. Unfortunately, the losers of this fight are the nearly 46 million people living in poverty. While officials argue, the most vulnerable — the elderly, those with disabilities and the poor — struggle.
HOPE Project student Kaylin Diaz holds up a drawing as she and other students meet with their tutors at the Roberto Clemente Center in East Chicago.
Kiya Durham, 9, a student with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's HOPE Project, works with her tutor as part of the program.
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