In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson famously declared war on poverty. Up until this point, the U.S. had no official measure of poverty and therefore no statistics on its scope, shape or changing nature. Author and professor Mark Robert Rank discusses his book Confronting Poverty and how the approach that the government came up with in the 1960s is still its official measure of poverty, used to determine eligibility for hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid.
Content categorized as Economy
Vendor Jeffrey McNeil offers commentary on the United States’ economic priorities.
Reporting on findings that indicate minorities are being affected the most by the economic recession.
Douglas E. Schoen shares his opinions on how the federal government could unify for the betterment of the economy.
Opinion reporting on the increased difficulties faced by those experiencing homelessness as they try to secure employment and re-entry.
Opinion reporting on the spending priorities of the U.S. Government.
A Street Sense interview with Economist Dean Baker on the economy – what went wrong and how to fix it.
Laura Thompson Osuri shares about her experience at the North American Street Newspaper Association conference.
Reporting on responses from various interest groups as well as those experiencing homelessness on how the District should spend its federal stimulus.
Reporting on the “landmark” $1.5 billion earmarked for homelessness prevention in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Maurice King offers thoughts on tempering expectations and hoping for the best as the Obama Administration begins.
Artist/Vendor Jeffery McNeil offers some advice on how to cope through the recession.
Reporting on the 2009 point-in-time enumeration sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which is intended to provide an annual snapshot of the homeless population in Washington and its suburbs.
In-depth reporting on requests to President Obama to take action to stop the increase in homelessness across the United States,