Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families May 28, 2019 — “Today marks a victory for family friendly policies as Maine becomes the 11th state and 34th jurisdiction to enact a paid sick days law. With . . .
This year, General Convention passed 19 environmental resolutions for the care of creation. Episcopal Climate News features a different one each week: Episcopal Climate NewsLike Page September 11 “Water as a Human Right” is one of 19 environmental resolutions passed . . .
The Home Energy Assistance Program offers varying types of home heating assistance for low-income Ohioans. (jilljellydonut/Flickr) The flip of the calendar page from October to November means emergency heating assistance is now available for eligible Ohioans. The Home Energy Assistance . . .
One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research . . .
Real estate agents, CPAs and firefighters are part of the expanded list of professions now required to report when they suspect a case of elder abuse. New requirements begin today that broaden the definition of a mandatory reporter to pull . . .
Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to 36 months, caseloads have plunged to historic lows, helping the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy . . .
More families struggled to afford food in 2017 than in 2016, and the number was even higher among families with children. Almost 16 percent of households faced food hardship in the U.S. in 2017. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF decline, . . .
Signs in rural Fayette County advertise satellite-to-home internet service. (Sam Hendren
Only 40 percent of Ohio children enter kindergarten ready to learn, according to the Ohio Early Childhood Race & Rural Equality Report 2018, (Adam Cains,Columbus Dispatch) Young children of color or who live in rural Appalachia are more at risk . . .
Over the past five decades, the gender wage gap has only narrowed by about 18 cents. (katrinaelsi/Flickr) It takes women about 15 months to earn what men earn in 12, although pay inequality is not the only discrepancy Ohio . . .
A bronze statue of a defiant girl faces “Charging Bull” in the Financial District of New York on International Womens Day, March 8, 2017. State Street Global Advisors, a unit of State Street Corp., installed the Kristen Visbal statue in . . .
Ohio poverty rates have made modest declines in recent years. (Coalition on Human Needs) Ohio is making strides in fighting poverty, but a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks warns that . . .
Fewer African American and Latino fourth graders in Ohio are at or above proficiency levels compared to their white and Asian and Pacific Islander peers. (Pixabay) There are deep differences in opportunity among children in Ohio and other states, . . .
Almost 70,000 children in Ohio rose out of poverty from 2014 to 2016, but 1 in 5 children — and close to half of all African-American children — still lived in poverty in the state last year, according to recently . . .
AP/Robert F. BukatyIn this March 27, 2017, photo Sunny Larson, left, and Zak McCutcheon pick produce while gathering provisions to take home at the Augusta Food Bank in Augusta, Maine. Budgets, it is often said in Washington, are moral . . .
Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. . . .
President Trump’s proposed budget will slash funding for a number of popular federal programs and agencies. New pipelines to carry natural gas are being built in Monroe County. Many people in the area credit this influx of work to President . . .
Ohio’s Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It’s part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one . . .
Today is Equal Pay Day and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is reintroducing legislature that would end pay discrimination based on gender. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close a loophole that allows women to be paid less than men, according to . . .
With President Trump’s proposed budget touching every aspect of American life, our national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project has pulled together the attached resource on ways to use this teachable moment to discuss the budget’s implications. It’s designed for classrooms, . . .
Gallipolis in Gallia County is one of the communities served by the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state-local partnership that serves as an economic development agency for parts of Ohio and 12 other states. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates the . . .
Donald Trump’s first budget may go nowhere in Congress, but it laid down a gauntlet more direct than the president’s bluntest tweets: The federal government will be far smaller, and even the pet projects of the states that sent him . . .
The House Republican’s American Health Care Act establishes an alternative Medicaid financing plan built on per capita caps. Research conducted by Community Solutions finds that the Ohio all funds reduction, as the result of the proposed Medicaid per capita cap, . . .
Like Ohio’s libraries and K-12 school districts, vocational schools soon could be feeling the squeeze of Ohio’s tightening purse strings. Of the state’s 49 career-technical schools, 35 would receive less state funding next year under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2018-19 . . .
Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich unveiled his last two-year budget proposal, featuring another large cut in the state income tax — $3.1 billion — paid for with new and increased taxes on everyday purchases like cable TV subscriptions, beer, . . .
‘To preach the gospel effectively to jobless folks, I need to show them that I care about their situation here on Earth.’ Garry Knight / Flickr In August, Christianity Today partnered with Deidox Films to debut The Ordinance, a . . .
Jerome Johnson, 47, prepares for a Harmony Project choir performance. Johnson was in his apartment at National Church Residences’ Commons at Buckingham. He has lived in the facility for four years. (Adam Cairns, Dispatch Jerome Johnson, 47, has lived . . .
Millions of Ohioans are all-too familiar with the struggle of waking up with a growling stomach and knowing they will have nothing to eat. September is Hunger Action Month, which challenges people to join the fight to eradicate hunger. The . . .
If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender . . .
When it comes to providing workplace policies that support children and families, Ohio ranks near the bottom among the 50 states, dropping the ball on paid leave and sick days. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Ohio a . . .
Raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, would not only boost income for struggling workers but also save American communities billions of dollars each year by reducing crime. About 1 in 3 adults in . . .
Families across the United States are facing a child care crisis, but African American families are especially hard hit by the rising cost of child care and limited options for working families. Today, three in four African American children under . . .
This summer marks the seven-year anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. Meanwhile, the buying power of those dollars has fallen by ten percent because of inflation – this . . .
Ohio families might want to wait a few more days before stocking up on notebooks, pencils and other back-to-school items; Ohio will have a sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7. State Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said the goal of the . . .
True equity will only be achieved in the nation when all families have a safe, healthy home. The urgency of helping all families achieve this is great: People in the United States spend about 70 percent of their time inside . . .
What’s Ohio doing about hunger? Making it harder to put food on the table Ohio is a state where too many people are hungry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio has the seventh-highest rate of food insecurity in . . .
Community Solutions is pleased to release updated data factsheets for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The profiles feature data related to the health and human services in Ohio and are a useful resource for those looking to better understand the . . .
What is the “Benefit Cliff” in Ohio ? In some circumstances, even a small increase income causes a drop in the public benefits a family can receive, effectively increasing their expenses and hurting their ability to make ends meet. A . . .
If you’re an average American, you produce 4.4. pounds of trash  every single day, significantly more than the global average of 2.6 pounds . In a nation of nearly 324 million people, that amounts to more than 700,000 tons . . .
It’s been a sizzling start to summer, but some vulnerable Ohioans can get financial help to beat the heat. The state’s Summer Crisis Program through the Home Energy Assistance Program offers assistance in the payment of an electric bill and/or . . .
Time-lapse video of home demolition by Cuyahoga Land Bank Watch a time-lapse video of the demolition of a foreclosed house on East 130th Street in Cleveland by the Cuyahoga Land Bank and Lightning Demolition and Excavating. Dave Andersen, Northeast Ohio . . .
Imagine, on any given day, waking up unsure if there will be enough food to feed your family. That’s the situation for one in six Ohioans who is food insecure, according to the findings of the newest Map the Meal . . .
This issue brief contains an update. In 2014, 46.7 million Americans—more than one in seven—lived in poverty, and nearly half of Americans will experience at least a year of poverty or near-poverty during their working years. Along with causing tremendous . . .
Students eat breakfast in the classroom at the Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Los Angeles in 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Millions of low-income American students could lose access to free school meals under a proposal circulating among House lawmakers. The . . .
On top of already high fees A few years ago, HBO’s John Oliver brought national attention to the problem of payday loans, noting how the practice often dragged consumers into a deep cycle of debt. The loans are set up . . .
Gov. John Kasich’s administration today filed a detailed draft of changes to the state’s Medicaid program, kicking off public debate over a requirement that beneficiaries make monthly payments or lose their coverage. If approved by the federal government, the changes would . . .
Photo Credit: wrangler Earlier this month, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released its report, “The State of Homelessness in America, 2016.” The report contained some slightly good news: according to the Alliance, “The national rate of homelessness in 2015 . . .
A Catholic leader speaking at a summit on Columbus’ East Side this week said that a key to helping communities overcome poverty lies in one word: encounter. Or, more specifically, encuentro. Jonathan Reyes turned to the Spanish word used by . . .
Some Ohio families pay more than half of their salaries to cover the cost of child care, according to a new report that examines solutions to what it calls a child care crisis in America. The Economic Policy Institute’s findings . . .