Poverty http://blog.wlrn.org en Local Food Distrubutor Gets Funding Increase http://blog.wlrn.org/post/local-food-distrubutor-gets-funding-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Homestead-based food-assistance program called Farm Share received a $1.5 million check last week. State Rep.&nbsp;</span>Kionne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> McGhee delivered the money, which was allocated in this year’s state budget. This is a $500,000 increase from last year’s state contribution.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:18:37 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34765 at http://blog.wlrn.org Local Food Distrubutor Gets Funding Increase Florida Gets Big Food Stamp Bonus http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-gets-big-food-stamp-bonus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida is getting a big bonus this year. The Federal Department of Agriculture is rewarding the state $7 million for being efficient and accurate when it comes to giving out food stamps to families.</span></p><p>At 0.81 percent error rate, the state ranks the second most accurate in the country. That means families don’t get more, or less, help than they qualify for.</p><p>The bonus won’t mean more money in the pockets of families, but it will help streamline the process for future need.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:41:20 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34743 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Gets Big Food Stamp Bonus Should Lawyers Pay More Dues To Help The Poor Get Legal Aid? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/should-lawyers-pay-more-dues-help-poor-get-legal-aid <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you walk into Legal Services of Greater Miami on any given weekday morning, there are rows of plastic chairs filled with people looking for help with legal issues. Over the past couple of years, though, it’s been the various legal service and aid providers themselves that have needed help -- financial help.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:09:58 +0000 Wilson Sayre 32650 at http://blog.wlrn.org Should Lawyers Pay More Dues To Help The Poor Get Legal Aid? New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-west-grove-development-offers-affordable-housing-elderly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Surrounded by a backhoe and excavators, more than 250 people celebrated the groundbreaking of a new housing development project in Miami’s West Grove neighborhood Monday morning.</span></p><p>Gibson Plaza is designed to be a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development offering affordable housing to the elderly. This development is the first project of its kind in over 50 years.</p><p>The project is a product of a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade County, two development groups, a private foundation, and Miami-Dade College.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:39:15 +0000 Wilson Sayre 31490 at http://blog.wlrn.org New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-sea-level-rise-might-hurt-poor-neighborhoods-more-coastal-areas <p></p><p>Keren Bolter&nbsp;is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:40:21 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30194 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods http://blog.wlrn.org/post/west-grove-trolley-garage-unearths-vulnerabilities-low-income-neighborhoods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation" target="_blank">including a civil-rights investigation</a>, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:35:35 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30056 at http://blog.wlrn.org West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods North Miami Bands Together For Housing Sweeps http://blog.wlrn.org/post/north-miami-bands-together-housing-sweeps <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Miami Police&nbsp;Department, code enforcement teams and even parks and recreation are joining forces in what are being called “building inspection sweeps.” The city says going in together as a team helps streamline code enforcement.</span></p><p>Three months ago, the roof of an apartment building in North Miami collapsed, displacing over 250 people from their homes. Though that was not the impetus for creating this coalition, city representatives said they learned from the accident.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:45:14 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29895 at http://blog.wlrn.org North Miami Bands Together For Housing Sweeps Miami's Poor Not So Segregated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miamis-poor-not-so-segregated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Out of 51 large metro areas examined by</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/">The Atlantic Cities</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Miami ranks 46th most segregated &nbsp;by poverty. In other words, the city made the study's "least segregated" list.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:15 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29761 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami's Poor Not So Segregated Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/eliminating-chronic-homelessness-miami-2015 <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 28473 at http://blog.wlrn.org Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015? Core Questions: How Does Common Core Address Poverty? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/core-questions-how-does-common-core-address-poverty <div id="full_story"> <div id="attachment_21374" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 400px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Experts say they've seen a positive effect in school using Common Core standards. But critics believe the standards are a distraction from the real issues with schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/02/2-10-MathLesson.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-full wp-image-21374" alt="Experts say they've seen a positive effect in school using Common Core standards. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:48:31 +0000 John O'Connor 27731 at http://blog.wlrn.org Core Questions: How Does Common Core Address Poverty? Here's What It Takes To Make Ends Meet In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/heres-what-it-takes-make-ends-meet-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the federal government, "enough" is a simple, five-figure amount: $23,850. That's the poverty line. It marks a distinction between who is poor and who is not, who doesn’t have enough money to make ends meet and who does.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:50:19 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27498 at http://blog.wlrn.org Here's What It Takes To Make Ends Meet In South Florida Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-wont-hurt-south-florida-too-badly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House of Representative voted Wednesday to approve a new farm bill after a two-year standoff. It cuts $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but the brunt of those cuts won’t be felt in South Florida.</span></p><p>The food stamp program accounts for almost 80 percent of the current farm bill. With pressure to reduce spending, it was inevitable that the program would be scaled back.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:09:08 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27231 at http://blog.wlrn.org Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly Pay For Pretty Peppers -- Farmers Will Donate The Ugly Ones http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pay-pretty-peppers-farmers-will-donate-ugly-ones <p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/201401/Food_Insecurity.pdf" target="_blank">one in seven&nbsp;</a>South Floridians can't afford the food they need to stay healthy.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:24:21 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27153 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pay For Pretty Peppers -- Farmers Will Donate The Ugly Ones MLK: A Bootless Man Cannot Lift Himself By His Bootstraps http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mlk-bootless-man-cannot-lift-himself-his-bootstraps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Florida’s poverty rate is just over 17 percent and the city of Miami’s hit 29.5 percent in the most recent Census data. At the end of the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, poverty levels in the South hovered around 18 percent of the population.</span></p><p>It was during that time when Dr. Martin Luther King,&nbsp;Jr. spent much of his energy organizing what he called the "Poor People's Campaign." It worked to achieve economic justice and equality for poor people -- a disproportionate number of whom were black.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:36:23 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26625 at http://blog.wlrn.org MLK: A Bootless Man Cannot Lift Himself By His Bootstraps Konbyen Kòb Ki Ase Pou Sa Viv Nan South Florida? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/konbyen-k-b-ki-ase-pou-sa-viv-nan-south-florida <p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:50:10 +0000 Maria Murriel 24716 at http://blog.wlrn.org