September 5, 2012 A USDA report shows that 18 million households are struggling with the lingering effects of the recession. Particularly hard hit are households with children headed by single mothers who may be working but aren't earning enough to get by without assistance.
August 28, 2012 At the federal trial over South Carolina's new voter ID law, the state's election director said the law wouldn't disenfranchise anyone. She said a clause in the law could let any would-be voter without an ID cast a provisional ballot, which led to lots of give-and-take with surprised judges.
August 20, 2012 Ever wonder how charitable the people are who live in your area? It turns out that lower-income people tend to donate a much bigger share of their discretionary incomes than wealthier people, according to a new study. And rich people are more generous when they live among those who aren't so rich.
July 25, 2012 President Obama's speech to the National Urban League in New Orleans comes amid a debate over the role of government in helping small businesses succeed. Some entrepreneurs in the black community say government's role is especially important for fledgling minority businesses with little capital.
July 18, 2012 A new report finds that millions of potential voters in states that require photo ID at the polls live more than 10 miles from the office that issue IDs. Nearly half a million of these people don't have access to a car or other vehicle. With the new requirements, "it certainly looks and feels like a poll tax," says one voter advocate.
July 13, 2012 The judges are expected to make a decision by late August, and a lot of people outside Texas are interested in the outcome. A number of states have passed voter ID laws, and several await Justice Department "preclearance." If Texas loses, it will almost certainly appeal to the Supreme Court.
July 13, 2012 An Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group encourages low-income families to figure out for themselves what they need to get ahead, and then helps them achieve their goals. Its pilot program for low-income families is proving to be a promising new approach to an old problem.
July 12, 2012 A nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore., recycles mattresses to help bring in money. Its funding model is inspiring other nonprofits to start salvaging junk to support services for the poor.
July 11, 2012 Poverty among single mothers is an astounding 66 percent in Reading, Pa., where Jennifer Stepp is raising three children by herself. To survive, Stepp relies on a safety net of support from the government, charities, family and friends. Without help, the odds are stacked against her and her family.
July 10, 2012 Tens of millions of Americans are still struggling, despite the slow economic recovery. In Reading, Pa., the nation's poorest city, local nonprofit Opportunity House provides a lifeline for families trying to stay afloat by offering day care, housing and other assistance. But many in Reading are still left behind.