• Making art accessible to the poor: Remove the obstacles
    The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone.May 30, 2006
  • Welfare assistance program proves effective, but expensive
    Ramsey County developed a model program to help people before the reach their five-year welfare limit. But the program didn't last.May 4, 2006
  • Mobile homes, a low-cost housing option, are getting squeezed out
    A rash of mobile home park closings in the Twin Cities metro area is leading mobile home advocates to worry about this form of low-income housing. Cities say the land on which the parks sit can be used more profitably for redevelopment.April 27, 2006
  • Once homeless, Vietnam Veteran helps others get off the street
    A social worker in St. Cloud is working to get homeless veterans off the street.April 14, 2006
  • More people using food shelves in Minnesota
    Nearly 380,000 people in Minnesota are relying on food shelves and soup kitchens for their meals. That's according to a new report released Thursday by Second Harvest America.February 23, 2006
  • Delivery service lets seniors grocery shop without leaving home
    Seniors get help staying in their homes from a non-profit program that deliveres their groceries to their door.February 20, 2006
  • HUD funds target specific programs for homeless Minnesotans
    Housing and Urban Development funds totalling $21 million are aimed at more than 100 programs around the state that are designed to end long term homelessness.January 10, 2006
  • Bell-ringing means a job for many in need
    Most people who pass a Salvation Army bell ringer are aware of the charitable connection: Money from the red kettles supports the group's mission to house, feed, and minister to people in need. What's not so well known is how bell ringing functions as an employment program.December 18, 2005
  • Lappe says democracy is wearing thin
    Frances Moore Lappe, the author and activist best known for her 1971 book "Diet for a Small Planet," says Americans have let their democracy grow "thin" in favor of consumerism. She spoke about her vision for a "living democracy" on Friday in Minneapolis.November 22, 2005
  • Rapid refunds can be a ripoff for the poor
    Some commercial tax preparers have faced a barrage of lawsuits over "Rapid Refund" programs. Rapid refunds are short-term loans based on an expected tax refund. Critics say some tax preparers have taken advantage of the poor with those loans.November 14, 2005
  • Report: Racial, economic disparities threaten region's economic growth
    The authors of a new report say the gap between the haves and have-nots living in the Twin Cities metro area threatens the economic viability of the entire region.October 27, 2005
  • One woman's struggle to pay for the heat
    Many Minnesotans will feel the sting of rising natural gas prices this winter. For those with no flexibility in their budget, heating assistance money is the only thing keeping them from financial ruin.October 14, 2005
  • Area food shelves say demand is up, donations are down
    Minnesota's poverty rate has been among the lowest in the nation. But area food shelves say the numbers don't tell the whole story. They say can't keep up with demand.August 29, 2005
  • Red Lake kids form youth council to improve life on reservation
    Some of the Red Lake Indian Reservation's brightest young people are coming together to do what they can to tackle the tribe's problems. The goal of the new group, The Red Lake Nation Youth Council, is to create a better life for kids.July 26, 2005
  • Ending poverty
    Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, says that while globalization may be dragging some parts of the world out of poverty, there are huge areas of the globe that are being completely passed by. In his new book, "The End of Poverty," Sachs says the richest countries in the world could eradicate extreme poverty worldwide for for less than one percent of their annual gross national products.May 10, 2005

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