Women and Poverty News

Sacramento Bee, February 12, 2013: Los Angeles lawmaker pushing to repeal 'family cap' for welfare benefits

“For nearly two decades, California women who get pregnant while on welfare have been ineligible for more money based on the baby's birth. But a Los Angeles Democrat is pushing to repeal that law, sparking hot debate over reproductive rights, privacy, and what society should demand of low-income families receiving public assistance.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 04, 2013: Small loans big in Bangladesh, Bay Area

“Drawing on the same philosophy as Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, which pioneered ‘microlending’ small sums to help impoverished women run their own businesses, Grameen America opened a branch in Oakland last spring. Grameen started its U.S. presence in New York in 2008, and now has offices in Omaha, Neb., Indianapolis, Charlotte, N.C., and Los Angeles, as well as Oakland and New York.”

The Oregonian, January 30, 2013: Zimmerman Community Center expanding to affordable after-school care

“So Zimmerman Community Center, situated in a dense low-income housing area on Northwest 14th Avenue and Quimby Street, on Monday is starting an affordable after-school childcare service called After-School Activities Program or ASAP. For $10.50 a day, not only will kids ages 4 to 7 have a place to stay from 2:30 to 6 p.m., but they also will get art and theater lessons and other instruction.”

Deseret News, January 25, 2013: As domestic violence forces women, children into homelessness, shelters work to help

“Its study found that 64 percent of unmet requests from victims were for housing. Overall, 12.3 percent of the sheltered homeless population are domestic violence survivors, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2010 annual homelessness assessment report. Abused women often have to flee their residence and are at continued risk of economic and emotional abuse from their partner.”

The Charlotte Observer, January 22, 2013: Temporary women’s shelter to stay open through 2013

“A Charlotte emergency shelter for homeless women set to close in March will remain open the rest of 2013, due largely to cost cutting, organizers say. News that the Salvation Army will maintain the Caldwell House shelter through Dec. 30 came on one of the coldest days of winter, with lows expected in the mid 20s Tuesday night. Agency officials speculate the temporary 50-bed shelter on East Fifth Street would be at capacity Tuesday night, due in part to the cold snap.”

The Houston Chronicle, January 17, 2013: (Editorial) A hollow victory

“As a partner in the Texas Women's Health Program, Planned Parenthood has long provided free services - including wellness exams, contraception and cancer screenings - to thousands of low-income Texas women. But during the past few years, state officials have taken extreme measures to eliminate Planned Parenthood participation, culminating in a ruling by a state district judge last Friday that bans the organization from the program. While that ruling may still be appealed, it is a sad reflection on how ideology has run roughshod over common sense and fiscal responsibility and has jeopardized the health and welfare of thousands of Texas families.”

The Dallas Morning News, January 15, 2013: (Editorial) Texas’ problem with women’s health care

“Texas lawmakers determined in 2011 that taxpayers should not fund anything even tangentially related to abortion services, so they passed legislation designed to deny funds to the national reproductive health-services provider Planned Parenthood. As a result, the state said goodbye to federal funding that paid tens of millions of dollars for low-income women’s reproductive health services — none of which were abortion-related to begin with.”

Austin American-Statesman, January 12, 2013: Judge denies injunction for Planned Parenthood

“After a daylong hearing, District Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction that would have forced Texas to admit the organization into the state-run program, which provides contraceptives and preventive health care to about 110,000 low-income women a year.”

Austin American-Statesman, December 31, 2012: Planned Parenthood can be kicked out of program, judge rules

“Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program when the state begins running the initiative in the new year, a judge ruled Monday. Visiting Judge Gary Harger denied the organization's request for a temporary restraining order that would have forced Texas to allow Planned Parenthood to remain in the program, which provides contraceptive and preventive health care to about 110,000 low-income women a year.”

The Bismarck Tribune, December 31, 2012: Report: Nearly half of SD pregnancies unintended

“Nearly half of South Dakota's pregnancies are unintended, and about 13 percent of those result in abortions, according to a report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute. The report, meant to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives, indicates that the highest rates of unintended pregnancies are among low-income women.”

Argus Leader, December 29, 2012: State's unintended pregnancy rate 47%

“Almost half of South Dakota's pregnancies are unintended, with higher rates among low-income women, a new report claims. The report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute was intended to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives. And Planned Parenthood, which provides both contraception and abortions, argued more contraceptives would benefit South Dakota's public health and budget.”

Courier-Post, December 25, 2012: Grant to create apartments for single women, homeless mothers

“A Burlington County nonprofit housing agency will use a $350,000 grant to develop transitional apartments for single women or homeless mothers with children.”

Plain Dealer, December 24, 2012: Linda Catanzaro, Nancy Rowell help homeless women

“Spirituality is as great a need as food and shelter, Nancy Rowell and Linda Catanzaro believe. The pair lead Cleveland's chapter of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, providing retreats for homeless women and helping them battle addictions and work toward stable homes and jobs.”

Tampa Bay Times, December 22, 2012: Little House transitional home offers homeless mothers a refuge

“Organizing and strategizing, under way for 10 years, has resulted in a business plan developed by SCORE. There is an educational curriculum for residents ranging from practical skills to childhood development and money management, and an outreach that has drawn input from the Hernando Youth Initiative, A New Generation, Grace World Outreach Church, Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County, the Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition and others.”

The Nation, December 21, 2012: (Blog) US Single Mothers—'The Worst Off'

“Using data from government agencies, social scientists and researchers worldwide, the report shows that single mothers in the United States—most of whom are either separated or were previously married—are employed more hours and yet have much higher poverty rates than their peers in other high-income countries.”

The Daily Gazette, December 20, 2012: Schenectady: Day care aid trim will hit single mothers

"County spokesman Joe McQueen said it doesn’t appear the institute funding will be coming in, meaning any family making more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level will no longer receive the subsidy.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 17, 2012: Volunteers provide women of Gilgal a day of pampering

"Gilgal, located in East Point, is a nonprofit organization that serves homeless women who are overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. The one-year residential program provides job training, counseling, nutrition and fitness counseling, and programming aimed at relapse prevention. One year after they leave the program, the women must have stable employment that pays a living wage, and have stable housing to ensure success."

The New York Times, December 15, 2012: For Mothers at Risk, Someone to Lean On

"Joanne Schmidt is a nurse for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership, which matches specially trained nurses with low-income first-time mothers, starting during pregnancy; they meet at the mother's home every week or two until the child's second birthday."

The Huffington Post, December 14, 2012: (Blog): Valuing Children and Families: A 21st Century Agenda for America

"For example, in an election where a record number of women were elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and women, who constitute a majority of the electorate, voted 55-44 percent in support of President Obama, election eve polls point to a stark reality. Women, by a wide margin, apparently believed the president's policies would be more supportive of women and children than those of Governor Romney.”

USA Today, November 27, 2012: Doing diaper duty is busy, but rewarding

“Hines estimates she's given away more than a million disposable diapers, which are donated by local businesses, individuals and service clubs. Most recently, she's joined forces with some high schools, college and vocational programs in which low-income single mothers are enrolled.”

The News Journal, November 23, 2012: (Op-Ed) During budget debate, remember the collective goal

“While many women have gained economic power through professional work and climbing corporate ladders, there remain many structural reasons for disproportionate female poverty. Lingering discrimination limits their access to better paying blue-collar trades like construction, while the burden of child care continues to fall principally on their shoulders.”

Tallahassee Democrat, November 20, 2012: Report on women, girls has troublesome findings

“For girls, more dropped out of high school last school year in Leon County compared to the state average, and black girls are being expelled from school far more frequently than other races. Perhaps most sobering is the fact that 58 percent of single Leon County women with children live in poverty.”

The Kansas City Star, November 13, 2012: Persistent pay gap confronts women, KC research confirms

“The Kansas City region has a gender wage gap problem. And that’s not just a problem for working women who earn less than men. It’s a problem for all women, for men, for children and for the metropolitan area as a whole. Households that aren’t economically self-sufficient create a cycle of poverty, drain social service resources, hinder the pursuit of higher education and don’t contribute to public coffers through taxes.”

Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2012: A door opens for homeless women

“Housing Opportunities for Women is one of the organizations supported by Chicago Tribune's Holiday Giving, a campaign of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Founded in 1983, Housing Opportunities for Women has steadily grown from offering six units to around 400, which it subsidizes until the resident can get on her feet, achieve a stable income and community network, and eventually assume rent payments on her own, Shawver said.”

The Houston Chronicle, November 08, 2012: Planned Parenthood wins a round in court

“Judge Stephen Yelenosky's action came in the latest of a series of court face-offs between Planned Parenthood and the state over the issue, as the group sought to put a face on what its ouster from the Women's Health Program would mean to low-income patients. ‘Our patients are some of the poorest in the state and in the country,’ Patricio Gonzales, CEO of the Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County, testified Thursday.”