Poverty http://wunc.org en Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/child-poverty-rate-rising-north-carolina <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:50:36 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39609 at http://wunc.org Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina Durham Mayor: New Ideas To Shrink Poverty, One Neighborhood At A Time http://wunc.org/post/durham-mayor-new-ideas-shrink-poverty-one-neighborhood-time <p></p><p>Durham Mayor Bill Bell has set in motion his campaign to reduce poverty.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Bell said Durham has a lot of resources: good universities, a creative class, and a growing number of jobs. He believes that by using UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies data about distressed neighborhoods, surveying residents, and planning area specific solutions, this push could make a difference.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Poverty is an issue that I think we should be able to deal with in this community in a much more collaborative way than we're doing now,” said Bell.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:01:50 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32642 at http://wunc.org Durham Mayor: New Ideas To Shrink Poverty, One Neighborhood At A Time Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People http://wunc.org/post/why-nc-lawmakers-want-bring-fresh-apples-and-broccoli-400000-people <p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:57:41 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31044 at http://wunc.org Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People Rocky Mount Community Gathers To Brainstorm After Teen Shootings http://wunc.org/post/rocky-mount-community-gathers-brainstorm-after-teen-shootings <p></p><p>Rocky Mount community members and leaders are gathering at Word Tabernacle Church tonight for a public forum. This comes just weeks after four boys were shot on the church basketball court, and another was killed in a drive-by shooting.</p><p></p><p>Word Tabernacle Church Pastor James Gailliard said the tragedies have been a catalyst for social dialogue. He said he sees people crossing the aisle politically and having constructive discussions about how to combat gang violence, poverty and joblessness in the community.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:59:24 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30696 at http://wunc.org Rocky Mount Community Gathers To Brainstorm After Teen Shootings NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic http://wunc.org/post/nc-budget-chief-debates-top-critic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:28:42 +0000 Jorge Valencia 26725 at http://wunc.org NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic Addressing Poverty In A Changing Economy http://wunc.org/post/addressing-poverty-changing-economy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A group of public education, philanthropic and community leaders gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill yesterday to discuss ways to address growing poverty in the state. The conference was titled, "Poverty, Partnerships and the Public Good: A Call for Engagement by North Carolina Institutions."</p><p>The discussion was lively. Gene Nichol, Director of <a href="http://www.law.unc.edu/centers/poverty/">UNC’s Poverty Center</a> commenced the group.</p><p>“Poverty is by any standard the largest problem that we face in North Carolina," said Nichol.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 26386 at http://wunc.org Addressing Poverty In A Changing Economy Access To Legal Counsel For North Carolinians http://wunc.org/post/access-legal-counsel-north-carolinians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Individuals facing criminal charges are entitled to legal representation even if they are unable to afford attorneys. But what about people facing civil issues like divorce, child custody and medical claims?</span></p><p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:46:11 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 25739 at http://wunc.org Access To Legal Counsel For North Carolinians 50th Anniversary Of The North Carolina Fund http://wunc.org/post/50th-anniversary-north-carolina-fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In 1963, almost a quarter of North Carolinians were living in poverty.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Terry Sanford and his political associates decided it was time to get creative about building a strategy for eradicating poverty in the state. And with that, the <a href="http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/nchistory/jul2005/">North Carolina Fund</a> was born. &nbsp;The Fund was a way to sponsor community organizing initiatives in local communities across the state, particularly by getting poor people involved directly.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:13:03 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 25674 at http://wunc.org 50th Anniversary Of The North Carolina Fund Durham Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of NC Fund http://wunc.org/post/durham-celebrates-50th-anniversary-nc-fund <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Community leaders and residents are coming together this week in Durham to celebrate the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the “North Carolina Fund.”</p><p>The “North Carolina Fund” was established by Governor Terry Sanford in 1963.&nbsp; The idea was to create programs to help address the state’s vast disparities in housing, education and jobs.&nbsp; It was <a href="http://www.torightthesewrongs.com/">North Carolina’s “War on Poverty.”</a></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:14:13 +0000 Leoneda Inge 25642 at http://wunc.org Durham Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of NC Fund Census: Poverty Up In NC, Health Insurance Rate Steady http://wunc.org/post/census-poverty-nc-health-insurance-rate-steady <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The latest Census report shows North Carolina continues a slow crawl out of the economic downturn.</p><p>In 2012, more people lived below the poverty level in North Carolina than they did the year before.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/embargoed_releases/cb13-167.html">Census Bureau’s American Community Survey</a> shows 18% of North Carolinians live in poverty compared to about 16% nationally.</p><p>Ed Welniak heads the Income Statistics branch of the Census Bureau.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:01:21 +0000 Leoneda Inge 22754 at http://wunc.org Census: Poverty Up In NC, Health Insurance Rate Steady