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Below is a set of key data indicators related to poverty. For the original sources, click on the data point.

Poverty by demographic

  • Child poverty rate: 27%
  • Senior poverty rate: 9%
  • Women in poverty: 20.1%
  • Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 40%
  • Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 776,000

Economic well-being

  • Poverty rate: 19%
  • Extreme poverty rate: 8.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 8.5%
  • Food insecurity: 16.9%
  • Low-income families that work: 36.6%
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15
  • Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.5%
  • Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 20%
  • Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 514,000

Family

  • Teen birth rate per 1,000: 41.4
  • Children living in single parent families: 38%
  • Children in foster care: 6,895
  • Percent of children in immigrant families: 19%
  • Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 213,417

Assets

  • Asset poverty rate: 32.3%
  • Unbanked households: 11.5%
  • Average college graduate debt: $23,089

Education

  • Individuals with a high school degree: 84.3%
  • Individuals with a four year college degree: 28.2%
  • Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 12%
  • Percent of college students with debt: 59%
  • High school graduation rate: 69.9%

Housing

  • Total households: 3,490,754
  • Renters: 33%
  • Households paying more than 30% of income on housing: 575,489
  • Homeless people: 20,516
  • Home foreclosure rate: 2.23%

Justice System

  • Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,692
  • Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 55,457

Participation in federal programs

  • Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 37,318
  • Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 826,000
  • EITC recipients: 1,000,000
  • Households receiving federal rental assistance: 133,569
  • Families receiving child care subsidies: 24,800
  • Participants in all Head Start programs: 29,066
  • Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,422,184
  • Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 289,524
  • Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 158,955

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Georgia policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports

Below is a list of reports about poverty and opportunity in the state. If you have a state report you’d like featured on this page, please email Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com.


Tax & Budget Policy

Tax Shift Plans Threaten Georgia's Future

  Wesley Tharpe, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, August 2013

New Proposed State Fund Cuts Could Cost Georgia Millions in Federal Funds

  Clare S. Richie, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, December 2010

Asset-Building

State Profile: Georgia

CFED, 2012

Asset Poverty Profile: Georgia

CFED, 2012

Families & Children

At the Bottom of a Broken Ladder: A Profile of Georgia’s Low-Income Working Families

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, June 2014

Engaging Our Community: Taking Stock of Step Up Savannah 

Step Up Savannah, April 2012

The State of Poverty and Opportunity in Georgia

Half in Ten, October 2011

Georgia’s Unemployment Trust Fund: More than $600 Million Owed to the Federal Government

Clare S. Richie, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, February 2011

Children in Georgia: By the Numbers

Georgia KIDS COUNT, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, 2010

2010 Improving Indicators for Children and Families

Georgia KIDS COUNT, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, 2010

Georgia at the Tipping Point: Making 20 Years of Data COUNT for KIDS and Families

Georgia KIDS COUNT, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, 2010

Georgia Can Promote a Pathway from Poverty to the Middle Class

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, October 2010

State Directs Majority of TANF Funds to Child Welfare Despite Rise in TANF Recipients

Clare S. Richie, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, June 2010

State Cuts Services for Children, Poor, and the Elderly

Clare S. Richie, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, June 2010

Education

A Stronger Nation through Education: Georgia

Lumina Foundation, March 2012

Great Expectations: Every Child in Georgia Will Read At or Above Grade Level

Georgia KIDS COUNT, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, 2010

Children Succeeding in School

  Georgia KIDS COUNT, January 2010

Health

Study Shows Community Collaboration Supports Healthier Birth Weights in Georgia Counties

  Georgia Family Connection Partnership, June 2010

Healthy Children

  Georgia KIDS COUNT, February 2010

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 27, 2014: Georgia’s poor kids may be falling further behind, new data shows (Subscription Required)

“As a group, Georgia’s poor students may be falling further behind their wealthier peers academically, according to a new yardstick intended to help measure school performance.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 01, 2014: Georgia to delay welfare drug test law (Subscription Required)

“As a new state law to drug-test welfare recipients went into effect Tuesday, state officials said they will delay enforcing it, even as opponents were girding to sue.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 03, 2014: Feds warn Georgia: No drug tests for food stamp recipients (Subscription Required)

“With just weeks to go, federal officials told Georgia Tuesday not to begin drug testing people who use food stamps.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, June 03, 2014: Program to provide meals to low-income GA children

“State officials say free meals will be available to eligible children throughout the state over the summer.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 06, 2014: Effects of poverty show up in Georgia’s school report card

“Georgia’s new system for grading schools is far more complex than the one it replaces. Educators see it as an improvement in gauging performance at schools with high poverty rates.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29, 2014: Deal’s signature all but kills Medicaid expansion (Subscription Required)

“Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed into law the biggest roadblock yet to expanding Medicaid in Georgia under the Affordable Care Act — leaving hundreds of thousands of poor Georgians uninsured and with limited access to medical care indefinitely.”

The Thomaston Times, April 22, 2014: Free breakfast and lunch for students next school year under CEP program

“Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, all students in the Thomaston-Upson School System will receive free breakfast and lunch. That decision came at the Board of Education meeting on April 8 when the BOE voted unanimously to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP allows schools that serve a large percentage of low-income children to offer free school meals to all students.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 10, 2014: Sebelius urges Deal to expand Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“With three weeks to go before the end of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday urged Georgians to explore their coverage options before it’s too late.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 05, 2014: Thousands left in the dark on Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“Thousands of poor Georgians are trapped in governmental purgatory with no clue when — or whether — they may finally get health coverage. The culprit: a chronic disconnect between federal and state systems that is still festering nearly six months into the Health Insurance Marketplace’s operation.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) Medicaid expansion

“Top leaders in the Georgia Assembly are behind a bill to strip Gov. Nathan Deal of the power to expand Medicaid, as called for by the Affordable Care Act, and put that decision-making in the hands of the Legislature. Some Democrats are calling that political cover for the governor during this year’s election campaign.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 04, 2014: State child welfare system would go private under proposed law (Subscription Required)

“Most of Georgia's child welfare system would be dismantled and turned over to private companies under a new bill introduced this week by Senate lawmakers.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 03, 2014: PolitiFact: Ranks of uninsured high in Georgia (Subscription Required)

“As part of the federal health care law, also known as Obamacare, the federal government pays for the full cost of newly eligible Medicaid recipients under expansion for the first three years. Its share then drops to no lower than 90 percent of the cost. In Georgia, it's estimated that as many as 650,000 additional residents would be eligible for Medicaid.”

The Augusta Chronicle, January 21, 2014: Analysis sees 3,000 jobs in Augusta area from Medicaid expansion

“Expanding Medicaid in Georgia would add more than 3,000 jobs and more than $300 million in economic impact, according to an analysis presented to an Augusta health care coalition Tuesday.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 07, 2014: GOP’s economic theory flops big-time in Georgia (Subscription Required)

“Since taking the reins of state government in January 2003, Georgia Republicans have implemented every bit of that agenda. They have slashed unemployment benefits and welfare benefits, and pay the lowest Medicaid reimbursements in the country.”

The Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 16, 2013: Dubberly leads Georgia Medicaid in ACA era (Subscription Required)

“With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, 2013 has definitely been a tumultuous year for health care, including Medicaid, the federally administered health-care program for the poor.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 01, 2013: (Op-Ed) Poor kids need slack, not grit (Subscription Required)

“No child has ever chosen to be poor. Children have never caused the poverty that defines their lives and their education.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 27, 2013: Agency error cuts food stamps at Thanksgiving (Subscription Required)

“Thousands of Georgians saw their food stamps cut off this month after they did not receive a notice to renew their benefits, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The problem, which state officials blamed largely on a vendor’s computer glitch, left many struggling to provide a Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 12, 2013: (Op-Ed) Rural decline concerns us all

“That snapshot isn't pretty. Rural counties have the highest unemployment rates, lowest incomes, worst high school dropout rates and so on. The poverty rate in rural Georgia is nearly 25 percent, versus 18 percent in urban areas.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 31, 2013: Medicaid expansion critical, hospitals and MDs say (Subscription Required)

“Georgia’s hospitals and now its powerful association of doctors say the state should expand Medicaid to cover hundreds of thousands of people who won’t otherwise have health insurance.”

The Washington Post, October 28, 2013: At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high

“If you want to understand the congressional Republicans who have forced confrontations with Obama on the ‘fiscal cliff,’ the government shutdown and the debt ceiling — and whether those lawmakers might feel encouraged to force more confrontations in the future — you need to understand the economic struggles of the Republicans’ home districts.”

The San Francisco Gate, October 20, 2013: Ga. poverty simulation illustrates daily struggles

“About 50 people recently learned what it feels like to live in poverty through a simulation project in western Georgia.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 17, 2013: Phone system thwarts food stamp recipients (Subscription Required)

“For more than a year, Georgians who need food stamps have battled a flawed call-in system that often thwarts their attempts to apply for or renew benefits, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.”

The Daily Camera, September 27, 2013: (Editorial) A mixed bag: Trends report shows continuing inequity

“New SAT details released Thursday had some Georgia school districts bragging about eager students and hardworking teachers, while others were left to explain how disadvantages such as poverty dragged down their scores.”

The Macon Telegraph, September 11, 2013: (Op-Ed) Meeks: Homelessness is not a necessity

“Since I moved to Atlanta, I have experienced the plight of my homeless sisters and brothers in a manner quite different from times in the past. There is a vast difference between knowing people are homeless and seeing them walking around town and sitting down at the table for a meal with a homeless person. This is what happens at the Open Door and it can be a transformative experience.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 07, 2013: Georgia’s Medicaid, PeachCare ranks still on the rise (Subscription Required)

“More than three years after the Great Recession officially ended, a record 1.8 million Georgians are enrolled in Medicaid and the state's child health insurance program, the latest state figures show. That's nearly one in five residents.”

The Macon Telegraph, August 30, 2013: Opting out of additional Medicaid coverage bad for the state

“Our state legislators and governor are running scared. What are they afraid of? Obamacare. Why are they afraid? Is it the cost of expanding Medicaid and opening up slots for 534,000 Georgians who would be eligible? No. They are bending to political ideology.”

The Macon Telegraph, August 28, 2013: (Op-Ed) Meeks: I am the homeless

“Last week I was greatly disturbed by the news that Columbia, S.C., has passed an ordinance to make homelessness a crime. They are proposing to build a facility that will house about 250 persons outside the city limits for the homeless people who will be picked up by police. They will be confined to that area.”

The Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 28, 2013: Obamacare to hit Georgia Medicaid budget

“Obamacare is going to cost Georgia’s Medicaid program $26.9 million this year and $101.7 million next year, even though the state has chosen not to expand eligibility, the state’s Medicaid director said Wednesday.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 15, 2013: PolitiFact: Sebelius right about drop in Medicaid spending last year

“Medicaid has been a big issue in Georgia over the past year. The state's top political leaders have refused to join the Obama administration's plans to expand Medicaid coverage, starting in 2014. Sebelius told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview during her recent visit here that the state's stance would hurt many working-poor families.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 13, 2013: Sebelius: Georgia Medicaid stance ‘makes no sense’ (Subscription Required)

“Georgia's refusal to expand Medicaid will create the ‘worst of all worlds’ for poor, working parents --- leaving many ineligible for either the government health program or financial help to buy private insurance, the Obama administration's top health official said Tuesday.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 03, 2013: Medicaid by the back door (Subscription Required)

“We learned a couple of things about Obamacare last week. One is that the ‘Affordable’ Care Act will hit a lot of Georgians' wallets hard. Another is that Gov. Nathan Deal's decision not to expand Georgia's Medicaid program may be justified in an unexpected way.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 01, 2013: (Op-Ed) Atlanta Housing Authority salaries

“The Atlanta Housing Authority has received acclaim for transforming the inner city’s bleak housing projects. But it’s also come under fire for large salaries paid to its CEO Renee Glover and many top employees.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 22, 2013: Food stamp roll swells in Georgia (Subscription Required)

“Four years after the end of the recession, the economy has been growing, employers have been hiring and the number of people relying on food stamps in Georgia has been going ... up. A year ago, the program provided food assistance to a record 1.91 million people in the state, nearly one-quarter of them 6 years old or younger. By this June, the program had added 40,000 more recipients, according to the state Department of Human Services.”

The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, July 21, 2013: (Op-Ed) Local poverty is persistent – but is it intractable?

“But there are some much more ominous numbers. A full 18 percent of Columbus residents live in poverty, and even more than that -- 19 percent -- lack reasonable access to adequate nutrition.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 17, 2013: State plans ‘managed care’ for more kids (Subscription Required)

“Health officials hope to save the state's ailing Medicaid program millions of dollars and improve the health of some of Georgia's most vulnerable children by hiring a for-profit company to oversee their care.”

The Augusta Chronicle, July 17, 2013: Medicaid caution warranted, lawmakers say

“Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was right to be cautious about expanding Medicaid under health care reform as the state needs to weigh all of its options, the co-chairman of the legislative Medicaid study committee said Wednesday.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 10, 2013: Doing Good: Living Room helps provide housing for those living with HIV/AIDS (Subscription Required)

“’Our first and foremost policy is that we have to find housing in a 24-hour time span for anyone that comes through Living Room,’ said Executive Director Dolph Guldenburg. ‘We found that if someone reaches a seventh night on the streets, they wind up homeless for the next nine months.’ The aggressive policy comes from a statistic that states 35 percent of those affected with HIV/AIDS experience at least one night of homelessness.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle, May 28, 2013: Brookings: Suburban Atlanta poverty up 159%

“Atlanta’s poor population more than doubled between 2000 and 2011 — from 301,294 to 780,078, according to Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, authored by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. That was the fourth-highest jump in poverty rate in the nation.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 19, 2013: (Op-Ed) To prevent dropouts, start in middle school

“Many low-income families look to their children to assist with the family business or otherwise contribute to the family's income. They see the short-term need for money to support the family and not the long-term benefits of education. This is a crisis that has a solution. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, our 2020 goal is to have 90 percent of the children in our clubs graduate on time by providing valuable out-of-school programs.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 30, 2013: Thousands of Georgia veterans could be left out of Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“Poor, uninsured military veterans and their spouses in Georgia won't gain the same access to critical health coverage that hundreds of thousands of their peers will receive in states that plan to expand Medicaid.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 24, 2013: More on Atlanta's performance on NAEP and whether improvements were real

“On average in Atlanta white students have higher scores than African American students and students from well to do families have higher scores than students from low income families. If the percentage of white and well to do students in Atlanta schools were higher in 2011 than in 2003 then Atlanta’s scores would be higher in 2011 because of the change in population. Such changes in the population could conceivably explain some or even much of the gains in Atlanta’s NAEP scores from 2003 to 2011.”

Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, April 20, 2013: (Op-Ed) Poor kids get all the paddlings

“Now remember that Muscogee Elementary, with 100 percent of its students on the free or reduced lunch program, has the most paddlings among elementary schools, and Baker Middle, at 91 percent, has the most among middle schools. The other schools that used corporal punishment most frequently were Eddy Middle (87 percent impoverished students) with 101 paddlings, Davis Elementary (94 percent) with 32 paddlings and Marshall Middle (90 percent) with 32 paddlings. In fact, every elementary and middle school that conducted one or more paddlings had at least 65 percent of its students classified as living in poverty.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 14, 2013: Empowering the hungry and homeless for the long term

“Schweers said Talley is part of Intown's Heading Home program, a long-term effort focused on helping homeless people get off the streets and into permanent housing. Talley is one of more than 20 homeless men and women Intown Collaborative helped last year move from the streets to stable housing.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 09, 2013: DeKalb gambles on new low-income housing plan (Subscription Required)

“Taxpayers have shelled out about $1.5 million in recent years to renovate Tobie Grant Manor, a DeKalb public housing complex of brick single-family homes and duplexes in what’s described as a parklike setting.”

The Augusta Chronicle, April 07, 2013: Scholarship program faces tighter rules after abuse allegations

“David Brown, the executive director of Grace Scholars, an SSO that serves 900 students in the Augusta area and 17,000 in Georgia, said he hopes the new transparency encourages more individuals and businesses to donate to a child’s private education. Like GOAL, Grace already targets low-income families and publishes its financial data to the public voluntarily. However, he has seen evidence of abuses when donors call his office to ask whether they can contribute to their own child at a particular school and then receive a tax credit.”

The Augusta Chronicle, April 03, 2013: Nearly 15,000 in Augusta will qualify for insurance subsidy, group says

“Because Georgia is refusing an offer to expand Medicaid, though, many of those people will buy their own insurance instead, which would greatly expand those numbers, the group said. Without that expansion, however, many adults and poor working parents would be without any coverage because they would not qualify for help.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 28, 2013: (Blog) Curbing poverty

“We need sensible safety-net programs like Social Security and Medicare. Our country is too large and varied to rely entirely on individual compassion and private charities to help the most vulnerable. But government should be one of our last options in dealing with social ills, not our first.”

Columbia Ledger-Enquirer, March 25, 2013: (Op-Ed) Fed grants help those among us in desperate need

“More than a million dollars in federal grant money to four local service agencies can help a lot of people. One of the reasons these agencies earned the grants has to do with the people they've already helped. As recently reported by staff writer Ben Wright, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a total of $1.3 million to four area service organizations who provide help mostly though not exclusively, to the homeless.”

The Augusta Chronicle, March 18, 2013: Harrisburg gets Internet hot spot

“On Monday, members of the new collaborative workspace group The Clubhou.se and non-profit SmartKids.sc revealed the installation of a wireless Internet hot spot in Harrisburg. The hot spot at 606 Crawford Ave. is the first of planned installations in low-income neighborhoods, a project that Clubhou.se members call Operation Lighthouse.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 13, 2013: (Blog) Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

“If I told you about a place where 17.4 percent of the total population and 28.3 percent of its children are struggling with hunger, you would most likely think I was referring to an impoverished country on the other side of the globe. Those statistics apply to the state of Georgia, where 640,000 children live in food-insecure households.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 21, 2013: Private school for low-income children planned

“Students will be required to work five days monthly in entry-level jobs to help finance their tuition, which averages about $1,000 a year at existing Cristo Rey schools across the country, Garrett said. Enrollment will be limited to children from families with low incomes — below $35,000 for a family of four.”

The Atlantic Journal-Constitution, February 19, 2013: (Blog) Georgians teeter on personal financial cliffs

“No resolution has come from government throwing money at a problem. In fact, federal and state spending on means-tested welfare programs in 2011 totaled more than $1 trillion, or more than $61,100 for every family living in poverty. Yet the percentage of Americans living in poverty remains high.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 18, 2013: Telecom group sues over PSC fee on ‘free’ phones

“State utility regulators decided last month that low-income Georgians should pay a monthly fee as a way to curb fraud and abuse in a longtime federal benefit program known as Lifeline. But CTIA, a national association of wireless companies, said the decision is illegal because state government agencies cannot regulate what wireless companies charge customers.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 18, 2013: Primary care doctors to get Medicaid pay boost

“Supporters of the effort say it will encourage more primary care doctors to accept Medicaid patients. Many Georgia doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they see or have stopped accepting Medicaid altogether because of low reimbursements. Medicaid provides coverage for roughly 1.7 million low-income Georgians, mostly pregnant women, children, the elderly and disabled.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 15, 2013: Georgia wins $4.1 million grant to house homeless people

“The state of Georgia and city of Atlanta will use a $4.1 million grant to provide housing for low-income residents with mental and physical disabilities, officials promised Friday. The federal grant allows people with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of the area's median income to live in mainstream settings. Much of the money is expected to flow to Atlanta's homeless population.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 13, 2013: Deal signs hospital ‘bed tax’ bill, but health care woes persist

“Georgia’s faltering Medicaid program received a massive financial bandage Wednesday when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law to avert a roughly $700 million hole in the state’s health care budget. But the funding generated through the measure — which clears the way for renewal of a fee on hospitals — is not nearly enough to cover the health care needs of Georgia’s growing population over the next two years.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 12, 2013: Obama visit puts Georgia pre-K in spotlight

“Georgia's pre-kindergarten program will get a turn in the national spotlight this week when President Barack Obama uses Decatur as a backdrop to promote an education initiative to give low-income preschoolers an earlier start on their schooling.”

The Macon Telegraph, February 06, 2013: (Op-Ed) Time to stop trapping low-income students in failing schools

“We are lucky enough to live in a country where we have the latitude to make choices in almost every arena of our lives. Yet when it comes to one of the most important aspects of a child’s upbringing -- education -- parents are too often offered frustratingly few choices. Our broken public education system can leave low-income students and parents with no alternatives to find a quality education.”

The Augusta Chronicle, January 27, 2013: Homeless population count expanded to produce more accurate data

“A head count of Augusta's homeless population this week will take volunteers to the city streets and overnight shelters -- and for the first time to the jail, hospitals and health clinics. The annual ‘point-in-time’ count of the area's homeless population was expanded this year to better account for all individuals defined as homeless by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 15, 2013: Georgia to charge for ‘free’ phone program

“Low-income Georgians must start paying a $5 monthly fee to get a cellphone through a federal program that's been hit by accusations of fraud and abuse, state utility regulators decided Tuesday in a 3-2 vote. The charge for what has until now been a free phone is a byproduct of nationwide debate over the program, called Lifeline. Staff members at the Georgia Public Service Commission said similar monthly fees were approved in California and Indiana.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 14, 2013: Atlanta seeks volunteers for citywide survey of homeless

“As part of an effort to place hundreds of homeless residents in permanent housing by December, Atlanta has launched a registry of the homeless and is calling for as many as 300 volunteers to scour the city and determine which services are needed.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 10, 2012: Georgia agencies, school districts brace for fiscal cliff

"For Georgia, going over the 'fiscal cliff' would mean less academic support for at-risk schoolchildren and fewer meals for low-income senior citizens, among other repercussions for cuts in most federal programs."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 27, 2012: Report: Medicaid expansion would bring state more than $30 billion

“Expanding Georgia's massive Medicaid health care program would cost the state roughly $2.5 billion over a decade, while providing half a million poor, uninsured Georgians with coverage, a new study estimates. Under a Medicaid expansion --- a pillar of the Affordable Care Act --- the federal government would pay 100 percent of the costs for newly eligible enrollees the first few years, though that would later fall to 90 percent.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 23, 2012: (Op-Ed) Cold night brings understanding

“CHGA provides shelter and other services to homeless youth from ages 12-21. The recent ‘Executive Sleep Out,’ was part of an effort to raise awareness and money for Covenant House International programs in 13 U.S. and Canadian cities.”

The Augusta Chronicle, November 20, 2012: Georgia workers lose 20 years of economic gains in Great Recession

“Georgia’s poverty rate is at its highest point in 30 years. The typical Georgia household’s annual income, in terms of purchasing power, is about what it was in 1990.”

The Macon Telegraph, November 18, 2012: More people using food stamps across midstate

“The number of people on food stamps in Houston County has nearly doubled in the past five years, from 13,300 to 26,578, which is 18.5 percent of the population, according to figures provided by the Georgia Department of Human Services. In Bibb County, that number has gone from 29,895 to 47,353, or 30 percent of the population. Other Middle Georgia counties have also seen sharp increases.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 16, 2012: New center to exemplify social legacy of MLK Sr.

“The father of Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a prominent Atlanta preacher and civil rights leader. But as a young man from a poor sharecropping family in rural Georgia, he is said to have walked north to Atlanta barefoot so he didn't wear out his only pair of shoes. His legacy is now being honored through a community center built to help other low-income people find a path out of poverty.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 12, 2012: Local veterans to receive $1 million in housing assistance

“Two metro-Atlanta nonprofits have received a $1 million Veterans Affairs grant to help veterans with housing and employment assistance. The grant is part of a more than $100 million national program to assist veterans and their families who face imminent eviction or are currently homeless.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 08, 2012: Georgia poverty levels among worst in America

“The percentage of Georgians living in poverty in 2011 is among the highest in the United States, according to a new On Numbers analysis of U.S. Census Bureau figures. In Georgia, 14.7 percent of families live below the poverty level, putting the Peach State in a tie with Kentucky for sixth-highest poverty rate in the United States.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 03, 2012: (Blog) Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you?

“Charter schools educate a smaller proportion of metro Atlanta's impoverished students than the public school systems in which those charters are located, a new analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 02, 2012: New study drills down on poverty in Atlanta

“Breaking the cycle of generational poverty in metro Atlanta will depend on reducing the number of teenage pregnancies and providing early education for children in need. Those are a couple of the findings in a new Atlanta Women's Foundation research study that was done by The Schapiro Group after a year of comprehensive analysis, interviews and voter polls.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 21, 2012: School systems restore order for homeless students

“School districts do this for about 7,100 students across metro Atlanta every day and take other measures to preserve the students' privacy and self-esteem. The reason: The students are homeless.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 08, 2012: Taste of Atlanta Auction Raises Over $30,000 for Cooking Matters Georgia

“In its 11th year, Taste of Atlanta took to the streets of Midtown Atlanta to showcase Atlanta's restaurants and dining experience. At the same time, the annual food festival partnered with Cooking Matters Georgia to combat the hunger problem within low-income communities in Georgia.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2012: Needs of homeless grow as resources shrink

“The Deels know life can be brutish and short. But they see hope in the 165 residents (66 single women, 35 moms with 64 kids) living in City of Refuge, a campus-like transitional housing facility erected in an old 210,000-square-foot distribution center. It is one of the metro area's newer and larger facilities created to house homeless women. The facility came about in 2008 after throngs of homeless women and children crowded the overflow area of Gateway Center, the city's intake facility for the homeless, sleeping on mats.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 26, 2012: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed supports new panhandling ordinance

“Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed threw his weight behind new anti-panhandling legislation this week after vetoing a competing proposal passed by the City Council. The latest plan, unveiled at a City Hall press conference, strikes a balance between tough enforcement and humane services for the homeless, the first-term mayor said.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 25, 2012: (Op-Ed) Atlanta aims to end veteran homelessness

“Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined advocates for the homeless on Monday to announce a goal of ending chronic homelessness among military veterans in Atlanta within 15 months.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 12, 2012: Georgians see hint of a rebound

“Things are looking up in Georgia --- from the bottom of a deep hole. That, more or less, was the picture that emerged Wednesday with the Census Bureau's yearly report on household income, poverty and the number of people who have health insurance.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 28, 2012: Plans for crackdown on aggressive panhandling get vetting, attract support and criticism

“Atlanta has been trying to push back against panhandling for years, partly to appease downtown residents and partly to protect the city's lucrative tourism and convention industry, which brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions in spending and taxes. And then there are the hundreds of thousands of workers who commute into the city from all over the region. Mayor Kasim Reed took office in 2010 vowing to curb professional begging.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 24, 2012: Georgia's AIDS drug program trims wait list to zero

“The state has eliminated a waiting list for a program that provides lifesaving medications to thousands of low-income, uninsured Georgians with HIV/AIDS more than two years after the list was first started.”

The Telegraph, August 23, 2012: Proposal would put ‘homeless meters’ in downtown Macon

“The program is a project of Leadership Macon’s 2012 class and would involve placing ‘donation stations’ that resemble parking meters in areas where residents could contribute to local homeless shelters and other programs.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 23, 2012: Flap over panhandling back before Atlanta City Council

“The city of Atlanta's latest attempt to curb panhandling is pitting downtown residents and business owners against civil rights activists and advocates for the homeless.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 13, 2012: Metro Atlanta Project Builds Playgrounds for Underserved Communities

“Since 2011, MAP has built playgrounds in over nine locations serving over 1,500 children in low-income communities.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 03, 2012: More Georgia communities getting in the zone (Subscription Required)

“Thanks to state-level legislation first passed in 2004 and amended in 2008, local governments can have underdeveloped, blighted or distressed areas that are within or adjacent to U.S. Census Bureau block groups with a poverty rate of 15 percent or greater, and are within a State Enterprise Zone or Urban Redevelopment Plan Area, designated as ‘opportunity zones.’”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 30, 2012: Atlanta council to consider measure aimed at aggressive panhandling

“City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is pushing a crackdown on aggressive panhandling and has introduced legislation that would mandate six months of jail time after a third conviction on charges of aggressive panhandling.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 30, 2012: Local Health Clinic Helps Low-Income Community, Hosts Back to School Clinic

“Inspired to assist the homeless and low-income families of Atlanta, Dr. Bill Warren left his private practice in Sandy Springs and opened the Good Samaritan Health Center to provide full, comprehensive medical care.”

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, July 15, 2012: At-risk students: Hard questions, no easy answers

"The pattern is all too obvious and entirely too familiar: The schools with the lowest scores are all Title I schools -- that is, those with the most students living in poverty. The schools with the highest scores -- and four topped the state average in every subject in every grade -- are all non-Title I schools. The correlation between poverty and educational struggle is familiar everywhere. But it seems to be worse, and getting worse, here."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2012: Number of Georgians on food stamps balloons

"Nearly one in five Georgians now gets federal assistance to put dinner on the table.As Congress debates the future of the food stamp program, with Republicans looking to cut it back, the number of recipients in Georgia has ballooned to 1.9 million as of April, or nearly 20 percent of the population"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 17, 2012: Poor schools still get the short end

"Legislators this year thought they had fixed a $436 million grant program intended to raise up the state's poorest school districts, but you can't convince folks in rural Calhoun County that they succeeded."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15, 2012: Ga. leads U.S. in foreclosures

"Georgia posted the nation's highest foreclosure rate in May, with one in 300 housing units subject to a notice or repossession, data released Thursday by a real estate firm showed. It was the first time since early 2006, when the overheated housing market had just started to cool, that the state led the nation in the rate of foreclosures."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 12, 2012: Shelter, outreach making a difference

""Hands Around the Hill started as a way to help organizations in this area which are in immediate need," said Jackie Stephenson, the nonprofit's secretary. 'All the funds that are raised through [Hands on the Hill's] various benefits go toward outreach programs that help the homeless population and neighborhoods on Capitol Hill.'"

Dallas Morning News, June 5, 2012: Value of work; A job is meaningful, even if elites claim it's 'menial'

""Education" is a word that covers a lot of very different things, from vital, lifesaving medical skills to frivolous courses to absolutely counterproductive courses that fill people with a sense of grievance and entitlement, without giving them either the skills to earn a living or a realistic understanding of the world required for a citizen in a free society."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2012: Medicare scams grow in Atlanta

"Fernando Alfonso and Rita Mateu sought out homeless people at Atlanta area shelters and offered them food or money in exchange for Medicare information. They hired a doctor for a clinic they ran in Woodstock, gaining access to the doctor's medical billing numbers."

The New York Times, May 22, 2012: Public Money Finds Back Door to Private School

“When the Georgia legislature passed a private school scholarship program in 2008, lawmakers promoted it as a way to give poor children the same education choices as the wealthy [...] That was the idea, at least. But parents meeting at Gwinnett Christian Academy got a completely different story last year.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 22, 2012: States improve in dental care among low-income children

“In the last 10 years, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama have made huge strides in how many low-income children receive dental services. And while the states now exceed the national average, advocates say they still have room for improvement in providing preventive services and access to dental care, noting that only about half of all low-income children receive the services.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 12, 2012: Barriers to higher ed

"'At a time when postsecondary education is more important than ever, Georgia's higher education policies and priorities are putting up barriers to make it harder for black, Hispanic and poor Georgians to get a college education,' concluded a report from the University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Research on Higher Education and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29, 2012: Atlanta's frayed Blue Ribbons

"In just three years, Highland had gone from the verge of a state takeover to reporting that virtually every student passed standardized reading exams. This would be impressive anywhere. Highland did it with huge proportions of students who lived in poverty and, perhaps more important, who came from homes where no one spoke English."

Deseret Morning News, April 28, 2012: Obese, hungry and undernourished: the new face of food insecurity

"But it also serves to highlight complicated links between poverty, nutrition, obesity and overall well-being. Insecurity or hunger? 'Those public service announcements come back to haunt me,' said Mark Nord, the USDA sociologist in charge of food insecurity data."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 26, 2012: Colleges, charter schools new allies

"Two Atlanta colleges have pledged to reserve spots for qualified graduates from one of the nation's largest chain of charter schools in an effort to increase the number of low-income students earning bachelor's degrees."

The Nation, April 24, 2012: This Week in Poverty: Georgia Tries to Get to Zero Welfare Recipients

"Prior to welfare reform in 1996, 68 of every 100 poor families with children received cash assistance through Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). But by 2010, under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which replaced AFDC, just 27 of every 100 poor families received benefits. "

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 19, 2012: Poor people not excluded from Constitution

"The legislation in question — House Bill 861 — forces welfare applicants in Georgia to submit to a drug test in order to continue receiving state benefits. According to one of its champions, state Sen. John Albers of Roswell, 'this legislation will better serve those who are in need by providing a ‘hand-up’ instead of a hand-out’."

Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 18, 2012: UGA study: Minimum wage hikes don't help poor

"The minimum wage currently earned by U.S. workers is $7.25 an hour and a bill has been introduced to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.80. The recent UGA study looked at how minimum wage increases can decrease poverty in America. According to the report, they don't."

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 12, 2012: Drug-test bill draws legal heat

"Georgia’s proposal to drug-test parents who seek welfare faces significant questions about its constitutionality as well as challenges of how to set up the program, despite support by state lawmakers and similar efforts in other states."

The Macon Telegraph, April 4, 2012: Audit shows issues with Bibb schools’ Title I spending

"Along with Title I funds, state officials who work with other federal programs, such as those serving homeless students or migrant students, may also take the opportunity to monitor local school systems. Once the state completes its audit, it sends the report to local school systems electronically."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 1, 2012: Changes felt as HOPE revamped

"The University System of Georgia experienced its smallest fall semester enrollment increase since 2005. While total enrollment set a record, fewer students enrolled at nearly a dozen colleges, especially those with a higher percentage of low-income students."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 30, 2012: Ruling to affect millions in state

"The Supreme Court hearings this week on the federal law requiring citizens to buy health insurance have widespread implications in Georgia -- where about 2 million residents have no health insurance."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 21, 2012: Georgia releases list of ‘focus' schools needing additional attention

"Georgia added a fourth category, 'alert' schools, to make sure it could offer assistance to schools that, unlike those with the priority, focus or reward designation, may not receive federal Title 1 assistance given to schools with a high percentage of low-income students."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 18, 2012: AJC investigation Day care quality; State paid lax day cares

"The money came from two programs. The most came from the Childcare and Parent Services Program, known as CAPS, which has been run by the state Department of Human Services and is largely funded by a federal grant. The state sends CAPS money directly to day cares to cover expenses for children from low-income families."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, March 15, 2012: Five Muscogee County schools on Georgia's list of low-performing public schools

"The three high schools listed are receiving School Improvement Grants from the federal government. Those grants go to low performing Title I schools. Title I schools have a high number of low income students."

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012: Gingrich makes states' rights appeal in South

"In his speech from the rostrum in the legislative chamber, Gingrich gave one example of why the U.S. government needed to shift power to the states: a bureaucratic tangle of 185 offices dealing with federal assistance to low-income Americans. 'I'd like to block-grant that into one office and send you the money and say you need to figure out how you're going to cope with helping people in Georgia who need help,' Gingrich told the lawmakers, who responded with a round of applause."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 28, 2012: Homeless join running program

"Back on My Feet came to Atlanta in November in hopes of improving the lives of Atlanta's homeless population through running. There are three teams of 15 from Trinity House-Big Bethel, the Gateway Center and the Salvation Army."

Ledger-Enquirer, February 26, 2012: Low wages among issues in poverty

"According to the most recent Kids Count survey data, 14,121 children in Muscogee County live in poverty. That number is 29.6 percent of all children in living in the county. More than one in four of our children live in poverty. That’s an alarming statistic."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 22, 2012: (Op-Ed) Income tax cut the jolt Ga. needs

"A reduction in Georgia's income tax would require a greater reliance on sales taxes, which have a greater impact on the poor. But as the tax reform council recommended, targeted tax credits can be designed to offset negative impacts on low-income families."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 21, 2012: Drug tests for state aid?

"The drug-test mandate of Senate Bill 292 would be for anyone applying for Medicaid or for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF provides temporary financial help to low-income families with children. The federal government gives grants to states to run the program. Medicaid is a federal-state program that provides medical care to low-income families."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 14, 2012: A new place for homeless moms, kids

"Fulton County is opening a shelter for homeless women with children, which homeless advocates say is long overdue. Known as Springdale Place, and located on Springdale Road near East Point, the shelter has already opened to a small number of homeless women and children, and will eventually provide 145 beds. That will amount to about a 25 percent increase in the number of beds available for mothers and kids in Fulton and DeKalb counties."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 13, 2012: Closing of shelter could put more out

"Midtown boosters, downtown power brokers and Atlanta city officials are close to winning a decade-long battle to close a massive homeless shelter that for 15 years has served as a refuge of last resort for people on the streets."

Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 12, 2012: (Blogs) Racism: No longer overt but still present in the classroom

"She opens her new book by debunking the notion that low-income black children are born at a disadvantage, noting that there is no achievement gap at birth and that black infants lead in many developmental benchmarks."

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 8, 2012New Study Finds Georgia Foster Kids are Over-Medicated

"Georgia’s foster children are being over-medicated, often to sedate them or control their behavior rather than treat a medical condition, a new study confirms."

Mobile Register, January 14, 2012: Southerners have higher risk of HIV/AIDS

"'You combine those two things, as well as the poverty rates and the lack of education you sometimes get down here, and it's just a disaster,' said Kathie Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama and a member of the steering committee for the initiative, which goes by the initials SASI."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 12, 2012: Gwinnett homeless shelter fills void, seen as triumph

"Karpf runs the SaltLight Center, the first emergency homeless shelter in recent times for women and children in Gwinnett County. The shelter opened in Lawrenceville in November and can host as many people as there are beds, each for up to three nights."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 23, 2011: 10-year-old says little, does a lot

"For a fourth-grader, Sean's work with the homeless is a bit uncommon. It's not every day that you see 10-year-olds, in the company of adult volunteers, handing out pizzas and snacks to the homeless in downtown Atlanta."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 13, 2011: Bill reduces benefits coverage

"But many economists argue that unemployment benefits translate into federal dollars well-spent. Richie and national labor experts say benefits forestall poverty, stimulate the economy and keep people on the job."

Chattanooga Times Free Press, December 12, 2011: Budget cuts threaten Pell grants

"'Especially in tight budget times, we have to set priorities, and Pell grants to help low-income students pay for college are a priority for me,' said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. 'But the growth of Pell grants by 76 percent over the last decade obviously can't continue at a time when Washington is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends.'"

The Ledger Enquirer, November 29, 2011: Columbus Scholars: 10 fifth-grade students get college scholarship money

"The Columbus Scholars Project is a non-endowed designated fund of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. It is a long-term poverty reduction program for need-based students with a goal of providing hope through education and support for character development."

Deseret Morning News, November 26, 2011: Breaking Out

"She snatches the pencil with a little brown hand. At Head Start, a federally funded preschool program for low-income children, Rosa is learning basics: counting, colors, how to share toys. But over time, the two years the little girl and her classmates will spend playing educational games under the supervision of certified child development experts could help her break the cycle of poverty."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 25, 2011: (Op-Ed) We seek to end homelessness

"Initially, the regional commission proposed a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness, defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an individual with a disability who has been homeless for a year or more."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 18, 2011: Students enroll at a slower pace

"About 90 percent of Atlanta Metro's students receive Pell Grants, a federal program for low-income students, said Alicia Scott, director of financial aid. Students told Scott they'd have to leave school if they didn't get additional aid or a loan."

Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 17, 2011: (Op-Ed) Tests violate recipients’ rights

"The 1996 Welfare Reform Act authorized — but did not require — states to impose mandatory drug testing as a prerequisite to receiving state welfare assistance. In Florida and Michigan, the only two states where drug testing for welfare recipients has been tried, the courts have found that suspicionless searches of people — simply because they are requesting assistance from the state — are a violation of their Fourth Amendment rights."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 15, 2011: Medicaid enrollment numbers exaggerated

"Health care reform expands Medicaid in 2014 to give coverage to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. This change could be costly, so some states want to drop some federal requirements to ease their budget troubles."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 9, 2011: Drug-resistant TB at homeless shelter

"The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness said Tuesday there recently have been people diagnosed with drug-resistant, active infectious tuberculosis at the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets."

The Macon Telegraph, November 5, 2011: Georgia's first lady, state superintendent visit Houston schools

"'In the face of really difficult challenges, which in their case is high poverty in their system, they’ve been able to dramatically increase student achievement,' Barge said of Shirley Hills. 'It really drives home that there are no excuses.'"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 3, 2011: Georgia must return to leadership role

"It's a shocking development. Not only do low-income students typically fare worse than the average on such exams, but also the gap between Georgia students and low-income Florida students was still large nine years ago."

Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 3, 2011: Metro Atlanta's extreme poverty down

"The number of people living in extreme poverty rose in the last decade, although metro Atlanta bucked that trend, liberal think tank Brookings Institution reported Thursday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 31, 2011: Shelter stays under pressure

"Over the past decade, the massive homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets has been a target of critics who complain it merely warehouses the destitute and creates an unsafe environment in its Midtown neighborhood."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 28, 2011: Fewer people tying the knot in difficult times

"In Georgia, from 2008 to 2010, the poverty rate was higher among single women raising children than among the unemployed --- 39 percent vs. 31 percent --- according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of census estimates released Thursday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 26, 2011: Funds boost AIDS program

"Two hundred seventy-seven low-income Georgians with HIV/AIDS will gain access to necessary drugs through a government program infused with $3 million in federal dollars to alleviate the program's wait list."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 24, 2011: Another reprieve for homeless shelter

"This wasn't the first time the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless faced eviction from the sprawling former auto parts warehouse on Peachtree and Pine streets near downtown."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 23, 2011: Expose real roots of poverty

"America's five-decade war on poverty has made quite clear which social ill is most closely tied to child poverty. Yet, we haven't taken the first shot at it. Fortunately, some Georgians are finally ready to take the fight where it needs to go."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 22, 2011: Blankets needed for homeless

"A coalition of churches, nonprofits and community organizations is launching a massive blanket drive and signature campaign to put the spotlight on the challenges faced by the homeless, particularly during colder weather."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 20, 2011: State seeks $70M for schools

"Georgia officials are hoping for a $70 million federal cash prize aimed at improving school readiness for the state's 825,000 youngest children, especially the 54 percent identified as low income."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 18, 2011: As city backs off, Occupy settles in

"We're hoping that the city starts dealing with the wealth disparity, the joblessness, the double-digit unemployment, the home foreclosures and the homelessness."

The New York Times, October 3, 2011: New State Rules Raising Hurdles at Voting Booth

"Just how much of an impact the new laws will have is a matter of some dispute. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who held a hearing on the new laws last month, said they 'will make it harder for millions of disabled, young, minority, rural, elderly, homeless and low-income Americans to vote.'"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2011: Atlanta area leads nation in job losses

"Inside the auditorium, a cross-section of mostly low-wage service and public sector industries said they were hiring. Although the men and women dressed smartly, few corporate jobs were posted."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 28, 2011: State may cut aid to jobless

"'We have 1.7 million Georgians in poverty and a majority of them are children, so we shouldn't be taking steps to add to that amount,' said Richie, who'll release an unemployment fund solvency plan today. 'Georgia unemployment benefits are already too low to be touched.'"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 28, 2011: Nontraditional boost to help kids achieve (Subscription Required)

"Both are part of a growing group of Georgia teachers who don't have education degrees nor traditional teaching backgrounds but are now staffing some of the state's most poverty challenged schools."

Chattanooga Times Free Press, September 26, 2011: Georgia schools aim to lower truancy rate

"Ingle said teachers have started tying incentives to attendance, such as free ice cream once a month for those with perfect attendance. But the school also has gotten tougher on those who are absent. Physical education teachers are tasked with calling parents when students first start to show a pattern of absences."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 21, 2011: Poverty in Georgia

"Last week, it was reported that Georgia had the third-highest poverty rate in the country at 18.7 percent, with more than 1.8 million people counted as poor. As families struggle, agencies like the Lawrenceville ministry feel strained, too."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 14, 2011: 2010 census Georgia standard of living

"Georgia's poverty rate reached its highest point since 1983 last year, according to Census Bureau figures, as stubbornly high unemployment and the housing bust strained finances."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 5, 2011: Many hold 2 jobs to stay afloat

"She admits: 'I am endlessly frightened that I still can't get to a place where my budget balances, so that I can set aside even a small amount toward my retirement.' But she counts herself fortunate. 'I am so grateful to have my two jobs because without them I may be homeless,' she said."

The Times Herald, September 1, 2011: U.S. has no excuse for hungry children

"A list of states and the federal enclave compiled by the Con Agra Foods Foundation and reprinted recently in The New York Times reveals that in the District 32.3 percent, or 36,870 boys and girls, face food deprivation. The District is followed closely by Oregon with 29.2 percent, or 252,510 children, and Arizona and Arkansas with 28.8 percent and 28.6 percent, respectively."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 17, 2011: Child well-being still lags

"The number of Georgia kids living in poverty climbed to nearly 570,000 in recent years with the state ranking among the worst for overall child well-being, a new study shows."