Nearly 6 percent of children in Maryland have a parent in prison or jail, which makes it more likely that they will struggle academically, live in poverty, and have other social or psychological problems that could plague them for life.
National tax preparation chains are disproportionately clustered in low-income neighborhoods, where they charge exorbitant fees and make frequent errors, a Johns Hopkins University study released Thursday found.
Participants are needed for the 15th annual Carroll County Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty on Sunday, April 17. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk kicks off from. St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor at 2 p.m.
State lawmakers agreed Thursday to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to spark a renaissance in Baltimore. The swift, final passage Thursday will put the package before Republican Gov. Larry Hogan as soon as Friday, forcing him to decide by next week whether to veto policies he backs because they are attached to spending mandates he does not support.
Last July, after 45 years as a news reporter, I joined Volunteers in Service to America — "the Domestic Peace Corps." Since then, I have been repeatedly asked, "How do you like your job?" It's a difficult question.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Goucher College were recognized for their efforts to support more low-income students in a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education.
A case involving a Maryland-based order of nuns appeared to divide the Supreme Court on Wednesday as attorneys argued the Obama administration overstepped its authority by requiring faith-based employers to facilitate health insurance coverage for contraception.
Baltimore Archbishop William Lori: It is simply unreasonable for the government to demand that the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, violate their consciences by facilitating access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization.
With 81 bills related to higher education under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly this year, Maryland lawmakers have made improving accessibility, affordability and excellence in higher education a priority this session. Given that Monday is the "crossover date" when each chamber has to send to the other chamber those bills that it intends to pass favorably, Marylanders will soon find out whether the General Assembly is headed for the Dean's List or whether some legislators are in
The Baltimore County Council on Monday will vote on whether to approve $485,000 for a pilot program that would extend the free meal program to all students, regardless of income, at Hawthorne Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Dundalk Middle and Dundalk High schools.
Laurel Elementary School has been named the Prince George's County winner of the Maryland Breakfast Challenge, which recognizes innovative solutions for increasing student participation in school breakfast programs.
Nationwide, more than 280 colleges and universities now have food pantries. College administrators around the country say a growing number of students are struggling to pay for food and other essentials as tuition rates have risen, financial aid has fallen, and eligibility rules for college loans have tightened. At the same time, wages have stagnated and families hard hit by the Great Recession continue to struggle financially.
Recently, I had a conversation with a leading pastor about what is necessary to shift the trends and transform the urban centers of America. He shocked me by saying that he believes poverty is not the root cause of gang violence, substance abuse and lethargy among some in the black community today — lack of faith is
Whether you¿re looking to contribute to a worthy cause or need services yourself, Howard County offers many resources to help. The following list is a broad sample of the nonprofit organizations actively making the county a better place to live.
For the first time in a generation, the Baltimore City Council overturned a mayoral veto Monday, asking voters to decide in November if the city should create a special account to fund enrichment programs for children and teenagers.
Children from kindergarten to 12th grade need a clearer vision of what is possible, a pathway designed to instill hope and excitement about the future. Maybe we are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking students what they want to be when they grow up, maybe we should be asking them what problems they can solve and showing them related fields.
A Maryland bill would lower Maryland's EITC to 18 so that it could help young adults establish a foothold for their future. Their bill would also increase the amount of income eligible for the credit and raise the state credit to 100 percent of the federal credit for single adults. Adopting these measures would establish Maryland as a national leader in using this proven tool to help combat poverty.
The Obama administration will propose a $2 billion pilot program in next month's budget intended to help families address emergency expenses before they slip out of control, part of a broader push federal officials announced Wednesday to confront systemic poverty.
The Obama administration will propose a $2 billion pilot program later this year intended to help families address emergency expenses before they become unmanageable, part of a broader push federal officials announced Wednesday to confront systemic poverty.
For the loss of human life, for the loss of property, for the loss of any national reputation for anything beyond gang violence and generational poverty, 2015 was one of the worst years in Baltimore's modern history. It's as if Our City of Perpetual Recovery relapsed, and now the recovery has to start anew.
To help correct historic patterns of housing segregation in the Baltimore region, the federal government has created new financial incentives for developers to make room for low-income families in apartment buildings constructed in prosperous, integrated neighborhoods
Here's a wish for the holiday season: If Del. Patrick McDonough manages to find out where poor people plan to live in Baltimore or Harford counties, he bakes them a cake, or maybe gingerbread cookies, or maybe a lasagna — anything that serves as a housewarming treat.
The Summer Meals Act, H.R. 1728, is a straightforward proposal that would support millions of American children in getting access to affordable, nutritious food over the summer months. Legislative action is needed now in order to prepare students, sponsors and state administrators for the summer of 2016.
Over 450 of the 682 students at Scotchtown Hills Elementary School are eligible to receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school day because their families earn less than federal poverty thresholds. But what do these students eat on the weekend when they are not in school? The Woman's Club of Laurel is helping to answer this question for 20 students by filling their backpacks with breakfast, lunch and snack foods at the end of each school week.
The festival is sponsored by the Westminster Church of the Brethren to recognize National Homelessness Awareness Week. All proceeds benefit the poverty-fighting programs of Human Services Programs of Carroll County.
The Howard County Public School System recently announced the introduction of Teachers for Tomorrow, a program that will enable 12 low-income students from the county to attend college in exchange for a three-year commitment to teach in Howard schools.