Ideas in Action

InTheNews: The Sacramento Business Journal, July 29, 2014: South Sacramento affordable housing could include rooftop farms

“If Mutual Housing California can carry out a vision for a new project in south Sacramento, the farm-to-fork movement would be right overhead for affordable housing residents. With $40,000 from a nonprofit group in Maryland, Mutual Housing is beginning design on a 7-acre project where the rooftops would double as farms.”

PlaceBasedNews: The Sacramento Bee, July 28, 2014: Mutual Housing to launch 120-apt. complex with rooftop farm in south Sacramento

“Mutual Housing California, the Sacramento-based nonprofit developer of affordable housing communities, is using a $40,000 grant to start the design and development process for a 120-apartment community that will feature a rooftop farm.”

InTheNews: The Youngstown Vindicator, July 21, 2014: Ryan, Strickland try to live on minimum wage

“Trying to draw attention to an effort to increase the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and ex-Gov. Ted Strickland are spending the week attempting to live on the current amount — sort of.”

California: The Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2014: Garcetti accepts homelessness challenge during Michelle Obama's visit

“Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday took up the Obama administration's challenge to end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles in the next 17 months, saying he will not accept that ‘veterans live in our city without a place of their own.’”

InTheNews: The Washington Post, July 15, 2014: On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day

“The role play was a part of an hour-long exercise to help those working on Capitol Hill understand the day-to-day life of low-income families. About 60 staffers and interns, in pinstripe suits and pencil skirts, were pretending to be poor.”

Path to Employment: The Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2014: L.A. sheriff's center aims to smooth inmates' reentry into society

“The center, which opened at the end of May and is run by the Sheriff's Department, helps people leaving the jails adjust to life on the outside, in hope they won't come back again. Newly released inmates get assistance with food stamps, mental health services and health insurance. A probation officer is on hand, along with officials from various county departments. The nonprofits HealthRight 360 and Volunteers of America offer referrals to job centers and substance abuse programs.”

California: The San Jose Mercury News, July 11, 2014: San Jose: Homeless cleaning up downtown as part of new program

“The former high school peer counselor who has been living on the streets for months is part of a new program that puts the homeless to work picking up litter and sweeping leaves in downtown five days a week. In return, the program gives them access to a host of benefits including housing and job placement, food and even background checks.”

EconomicOpportunity: The San Francisco Chronicle, June 24, 2014: Salesforce, others back Clintons' job-training initiative

“In its latest philanthropic move,'s foundation will spend $6 million nationally over the next three years on job training for underemployed young adults.”

New-Mexico: The Albuquerque Journal, June 24, 2014: County approves program for recently jailed, mentally ill homeless

“Marisa Garrett couldn’t have been happier that the Bernalillo County Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to allocate $1.1 million for a supportive housing program to help mentally ill homeless people just released from jail. The program will initially provide housing for 75 people caught in the vicious cycle of mental illness, homelessness and incarceration.”

Washington: The Bellvue Reporter, June 24, 2014: Sexually assaulted homeless youth to benefit from new Project360

“Homeless youth on the Eastside who have been sexually assaulted will now be able to receive more specialized services through Project360, a partnership of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and several Eastside agencies. The partnership will serve ages 13-24.”

Path to Employment: The Houston Chronicle, June 18, 2014: Long-term transitional home to open in Charlevoix

“A transitional home for women and children that has been in the works for two years in Charlevoix is finally ready to open. The Joppa House is following a new model in hopes of changing the lives of those who stay there. It's going beyond giving these women a bed for the night. They created a program that will help them learn life skills and get out of the cycle of homelessness.”

InTheNews: The Claremore Daily Progress, June 18, 2014: Rogers County Getting Ahead begins efforts to combat area poverty

“The Rogers County Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty steering committee held a community informational workshop Tuesday in an effort to reduce area poverty. Interested patrons received an outline of the team initiatives, and were able to ask questions while they began to generate ideas for solutions. Bridges Out of Poverty is a nationwide initiative that opens and embraces conversation in sectors related to poverty.”

InTheNews: The Sherwood Park News, June 17, 2014: Local Poverty Simulation aims to increase awareness and understanding

“Strathcona County’s Family and Community Services (FCS) recently teamed up with United Way to host an eye-opening simulation. The event was called the Poverty Simulation, and it enabled participants to experience the difficulties and tribulations of Strathcona County’s low-income families.”

North-Carolina: The Durham News, June 09, 2014: East Durham speaks its own mind at anti-poverty meeting

“To hear what the people of East Durham think would help alleviate its poverty, Durham officials held five ‘listening sessions’ for residents to speak their minds.”

InTheNews: The Fresno Bee, May 30, 2014: (Op-Ed) Summer programs prove vital

“Summer learning loss happens when students spend summer vacation idly. Studies have shown that this is disproportionately common among low-income students versus their middle-income peers. Compared with their middle-income peers, low-income students often don't have opportunities to be exposed to educational and enrichment experiences, such as summer camp, family vacations, sports leagues and access to books at home.”

InTheNews: The San Luis Obispo Tribune, April 30, 2014: Donation meters likely to be helpful for homeless

“Installing parking meters specially equipped to accept donations for worthy causes — most typically homeless services — is an ingenious idea that’s catching on in cities across the nation.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Albuquerque Journal, April 25, 2014: Program enables poor people to shop at Farmers’ Market

“In New Mexico, food stamps went electronic around 1998. Before then, they weren't exactly ‘stamps’ so much as pieces of paper about the size of a personal check.”

InTheNews: The Columbus Dispatch, April 24, 2014: Local programs may be new focus to fight Ohio poverty

“Nearly two decades after welfare reform attempted to help the poor find work and self-sufficiency, Ohio GOP leaders want to give it another shot.”

Florida: The Tampa Bay Times, April 22, 2014: St. Petersburg officials hopeful antipoverty project will get favor with state legislators

“Organizers of the 2020 Plan have an ambitious goal: reduce poverty by 30 percent in the city's poorest neighborhoods by the end of this decade.”

InTheNews: The Fort McMurray Today, April 22, 2014: Poverty simulation to tackle local issues

“Discussing the realities of the working poor and the minimum wage versus living wage debate, a number of local social profit groups have come together for the region’s first poverty simulation and community conversation.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Dayton Daily News, April 20, 2014: Costs reduced in free-phone program (Subscription Only)

“Enforcement letters going to more than 82,000 Ohioans this month mark the latest step in a crackdown on abuse of a federal program that provides free cellphone service to low-income individuals.”

Texas: The Dallas Morning News, April 11, 2014: Advocates launch campaign to end child homelessness in Dallas

“Homeless advocates and city and county leaders were called to action at a breakfast Thursday to end child homelessness in Dallas. The nonprofit Family Gateway, which provides transitional housing and services, launched the campaign to work with other agencies to reach the estimated 5,000 children in the Dallas area who have no stable place to call home.”

Kentucky: The News-Enterprise, April 11, 2014: Poverty simulation allows room for compassion

“According to the council, across the Lincoln Trail Area Development District region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, one of every six individuals live in poverty. In 2011, nearly 26 percent of children in the region lived in poverty.”

Massachusetts: The Arlington Advocate, April 04, 2014: Advocacy to end homelessness promoted

“A group of speakers and concerned citizens had gathered at the Arlington Senior Center for Arlington’s first public forum on fighting homelessness, entitled ‘Ending Homelessness: What You Can Do!’”

InTheNews: The Argus-Press, March 28, 2014: Anti-poverty effort kicks off with speaker (Subscription Required)

“County officials gathered Thursday at a ‘prosperity summit’ to begin the campaign for the Homeless & Poverty Elimination (HoPE) Project in Shiawassee County with national poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle.”