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News by Topic: Poverty

CDFI: Funding Opportunities: Capital Magnet Fund; 2018 Funding Round Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in by August 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor
Jul 16, 2018 - Highlights the work of the West Alabama Food Bank's mobile pantry which delivers food to people in nine rural counties in Alabama, many poor, aging, or disabled. With poverty levels higher in rural areas than in urban, food insecurity concentrated in rural areas, and more limited transportation options in rural areas, mobile food pantries are an attempt to bridge the gap.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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NIH-Funded Scientists Put Socioeconomic Data on the Map
Jun 29, 2018 - A new tool developed by scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides local level socioeconomic data on a map. The Neighborhood Atlas uses the 17 measures of education, housing quality, and poverty, updated with current American Community Survey data. It is built so that it can be merged with other data sources to foster better understanding of how neighborhood disadvantage impacts health.
Source: National Institutes of Health
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Join Oregon’s VISTA Team to Build Healthy Communities and Your Career. Recruiting Now for 15 Positions Starting in Fall 2018 Throughout Oregon.
Jun 27, 2018 - The Oregon Health Authority/AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project is recruiting for 15 positions related to public health and fighting poverty, including rural projects. Recruitment closes July 10, 2018.
Source: Oregon Health Authority/AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Register
Jun 25, 2018 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development (RD), is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. Pre-applications in response to this Notice must be received by August 9, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Counties Have a Chance to Dent Rural Poverty Rates
Jun 11, 2018 - Overview of a presentation given at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference on ways for rural counties to combat poverty. Includes considerations like access to childcare and transportation, as well as ways centering human service delivery in rural schools and tapping into existing entrepreneurial efforts can impact a community.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Report: Rural Poverty In America Is 'An Emergency'
May 31, 2018 - Highlights the results of a report, produced by the advocacy group Save the Children, ranking nations on factors that are considered "childhood enders" like displacement, child labor, child mortality, and gender bias. The U.S. ranks 36th, largely due to a high infant mortality rate, high rate of children who are victims of homicide, and high teen pregnancy rates. The report also detailed concerns about rural poverty in America, which it called an "emergency," and which affects nearly a quarter of rural children. The highest concentrations of child poverty were in the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, and on Native American reservations.
Source: NPR
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