Poverty

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.


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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The Struggle For Progress

Sitting on the steps with a child soon after I arrived in Durham to work as a community organizer for Operation Breakthrough.
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Dr. Howard Fuller has dedicated much of his life’s work to eradicating poverty. His work began in 1965, when he went to Durham to work as a community organizer and helped young African-American students and youth find a voice for themselves in organizations aimed toward ending poverty. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Busting Poverty Myths

Linda Tirado's new book busting myths about American poverty.

    

When Linda Tirado responded to an online forum question: "Why do poor people do things that seem so self destructive?" she had no idea her response would go viral. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Triad News Update

Winston-Salem City Government has extended benefits to same-sex couples who were married in other states.
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The Winston-Salem city government is now offering benefits to same-sex partners who are married. 

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Health
7:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Greensboro Hosts Poverty Summit As Rates Rise Across NC

About 200 people use services at the IRC (Interactive Resource Center) each weekday.
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Glimpses of poverty can be seen across North Carolina on a daily basis. From median strips to emergency rooms and school cafeterias to unemployment offices, no communities are immune.

In Greensboro many people in need use the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) for daily access to computers, showers, and a sense of community. More than 200 people visit the center each weekday.

"I went from $80,000 a year to, I'm lucky if I make $80 a month," says Earl Zayack, a slender man with brown hair and a salty goatee.

"So it was a huge, humbling experience for me."

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The State of Things
10:07 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Fast Growing Poverty in North Carolina

Poverty is growing rapidly in the South, and four NC cities are at the top of the list.

    

A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks four North Carolina cities among the top 15 in the country where poverty is soaring fastest: Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro-High Point. 

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina

Credit Nathan Winter / Flickr Creative Commons

    

When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status. 

But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help. 

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Business & Economy
9:01 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Durham Mayor: New Ideas To Shrink Poverty, One Neighborhood At A Time

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has launched a campaign to decrease poverty in the city.
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Durham Mayor Bill Bell has set in motion his campaign to reduce poverty. 

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.

“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.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People

More than 410,000 people across NC don't have easy access to fresh produce, according to a Duke study.
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North Carolina lawmakers are looking for ways they can help get fresh fruits and vegetables to corners of the state -- urban and rural -- where they’re difficult to access.

Non-profit organizations and local governments across the country have for years identified areas known as “food deserts” across the country, but the House Committee on Food Desert Zones is the first effort by state lawmakers to address the issue.

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Health
8:59 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Rocky Mount Community Gathers To Brainstorm After Teen Shootings

Community members and leaders will gather in Rocky Mount today to discuss potential solutions to poverty and gang violence there.
Credit Rocky Mount Police http://www.rockymountnc.gov/police/gangawareness.html

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.

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.

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