Category: DEBT

The Hidden Costs Colleges Don’t Want You to Know About

Angela Pupino

June 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Originally published on Quartz.    This fall, thousands of college students from across the country will begin their undergraduate careers at colleges around the nation. They will inevitably pack too much to fit in their tiny dorm rooms. They will also carry with them their share of over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, in […]

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their […]

The Art of Balancing the Ledger While in Poverty

Stephanie Land

October 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Originally published on Talk Poverty and CommonDreams.  When you live at or under the federal poverty level, you’d better be good at crunching numbers. Every cent coming in or going out needs to be accounted for. My day planners have always been filled with the kind of detailed ledger you’d find in any small business: […]

I Lived On $6 A Day With A 6-year-old And A Baby On The Way. It Was Extreme Poverty.

Stephanie Land

October 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Originally published on The Guardian.  It didn’t take me long to go from financial stability to fearing homelessness. In January 2014 I was 35-years-old, raising a six-year-old nearly full-time and six months pregnant without a partner. I was in my final semester of college and convinced I would have enough savings to get me through […]

Sen. Reed to Recirculate a Bill That is ACTUALLY Good for Students

Jennifer Wang

July 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

Months ago, Sen. Jack Reed, a longstanding champion for students, introduced the Responsible Student Loan Solutions Act, a bill that would have prevented interest rates on all new federal Stafford subsidized loans from doubling on July 1. Like many of the other proposals out there, Sen. Reed’s bill pegs interest rates to the market. So […]

The Poverty Predicament

Alesia Lucas

January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

The word ‘poor’ is treated like a four-letter word by politicians. But with the downturn of our economy and slow job market, the issue of poverty has become more serious but oddly more nonexistent on the policy pages of our politicians.  The issue with poverty is that there currently isn’t a clear solution that both […]

The Youth Unemployment Problem

Alesia Lucas

December 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

Community Change recently released a report highlighting the issue of youth unemployment and under-employment entitled, “Establishing a Foothold in the Labor Market for Young Workers Through Subsidized Jobs.” Although the majority of Americans were impacted negatively by the recession, young adults will continue to struggle beyond the recovery. The unemployment rate for young adults is […]

A Message to the President and Congress: Listen to America!

Marisol Bello

November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

The 2012 elections show that Americans want President Obama and Congress to strengthen the middle class, put people back to work, embrace prosperity economics over austerity, and protect essential retirement security programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The message was sent by a host of labor, faith, community, education, think tanks, family and other […]

All Will Benefit If More Are Secure

Guest Blogger

October 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

This is a must read for today on Prosperity Economics: In the wake of the financial crisis, an increasing number of thoughtful analysts are arguing that inequality threatens growth. Yet the biggest effects of rising inequality are probably not on growth itself, but on the ability of growth to translate into rising living standards, opportunity […]

What’s the Matter with the Middle Class?

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

September 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

Last week, “class” was in the news. But – as usual for most all of our political discourse – the focus was on the struggles of the amorphous “middle” class, rather than the perpetual and worsening poverty of the “lower” classes. There was good reason for class to dominate the headlines last week. On Monday, […]

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