• Feds working on public housing and rental assistance reform
    The federal government is working on a proposal to reform the country's public housing and rental assistance programs.November 8, 2010
  • Demand at rural food shelves keeps rising
    Economists say the recession is technically over, but there are still plenty of signs of struggle in rural Minnesota. You need only look at Itasca County, where more families are seeking help from food shelves and social service agencies.October 21, 2010
  • Overflowing homeless shelters forced to turn away families
    Dozens of families have been turned away as the growing numbers of homeless means emergency family shelters in the Twin Cities are full to overflowing most nights, and the lack of space has caused one family to take desperate action.October 13, 2010
  • Child poverty grows in Minnesota
    The Census Bureau is out with new data that reveals more detail about the economic pain American families experienced in 2009. It was a tough year for children, as the rates of child poverty went up.September 28, 2010
  • New campaign aims to end hunger in Minnesota
    Hunger is often perceived as one of life's intractable problems, affecting someone else's family. A new campaign launching Monday in Minnesota aims to show how hunger can spiral into larger problems that burden all of society.September 27, 2010
  • Rural hospitals take unique approach to health care for the poor
    A growing number of hospitals are taking unusual steps to cut their losses and still provide care for the poorest of the poor.September 15, 2010
  • Patients, hospitals having problems with revised GAMC program
    Three months after the state implemented a scaled-back health care coverage program for its poorest residents, many patients are waiting months for basic medical services and hospitals have lost millions of dollars in uncompensated care.September 15, 2010
  • Record increase in US poverty with elections looming
    The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.September 12, 2010
  • For children born into poverty, brain development may be hindered
    Toxic stress, when a baby is born into a chaotic environment and experiences developmental brain problems, may be on the rise. Poverty levels may directly affect a child's brain development, researchers say.August 4, 2010
  • Foundation: Child poverty on the rise in Minn.
    Child poverty in Minnesota has increased 23 percent in the past decade, according to new figures from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and advocates say the depth of poverty is increasing as well.July 28, 2010
  • Financial reform could reshape banking in low-income areas
    In addition to giant Wall Street firms, the new federal financial reform law will also regulate financial institutions in low-income communities. Payday lenders and predatory mortgage lenders will fall under the oversight of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.July 19, 2010
  • Advocates say poverty is expanding in Minnesota
    Two long-time Minnesota anti-poverty advocates say poverty in Minnesota is expanding and the biggest expansion is among the state's minority and immigrant populations. They also take issue with numbers showing poverty in Minnesota is low.June 24, 2010
  • "Winter's Bone" examines rural poverty
    Film director Debra Granik knew she'd have a challenge portraying the complexities of life in isolated communities in the Ozarks. Her film "Winter's Bone" is getting praise from both critics and the people whose story she tells.June 2, 2010
  • Wis. governor wipes out auto title loans with veto
    Gov. Jim Doyle single-handedly banned auto title loans in Wisconsin on Tuesday.May 20, 2010
  • Funding uncertainty takes toll on state's poorest residents
    Many welfare recipients like Robert Fischer, above, say the political jockeying and uncertainty over proposed budget cuts has left them fearing for the future.May 12, 2010

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