Poverty

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.
Credit durham.gov

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.
Credit Amber Carnes via Flickr

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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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

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.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Addressing Poverty In A Changing Economy

Gene Nichol, Director, UNC Center on Poverty, work and Opportunity
Credit UNC Law School

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."

The discussion was lively. Gene Nichol, Director of UNC’s Poverty Center commenced the group.

“Poverty is by any standard the largest problem that we face in North Carolina," said Nichol.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Access To Legal Counsel For North Carolinians

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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?

There are services that provide legal counsel, such as Legal Aid of North Carolina.  In 2010, Ashley Quiñones became a client of Legal Aid after Medicaid her denied a kidney transplant as she was experiencing renal failure.  Quiñoneschose to appeal the claim and she turned to Legal Aid for help. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

50th Anniversary Of The North Carolina Fund

"To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America" By Bob Korstad and Jim Leloudis
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In 1963, almost a quarter of North Carolinians were living in poverty. 

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 North Carolina Fund was born.  The Fund was a way to sponsor community organizing initiatives in local communities across the state, particularly by getting poor people involved directly.

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Politics & Government
7:14 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Durham Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of NC Fund

Howard Fuller helps lead a 1960s silent march in Durham.
Credit southerndocumentaryfund.org

Community leaders and residents are coming together this week in Durham to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “North Carolina Fund.”

The “North Carolina Fund” was established by Governor Terry Sanford in 1963.  The idea was to create programs to help address the state’s vast disparities in housing, education and jobs.  It was North Carolina’s “War on Poverty.”

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Politics & Government
9:01 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Census: Poverty Up In NC, Health Insurance Rate Steady

US Census Bureau releases its 2012 results on Income, Health Insurance and Poverty.
Credit US Census Bureau

The latest Census report shows North Carolina continues a slow crawl out of the economic downturn.

In 2012, more people lived below the poverty level in North Carolina than they did the year before.  The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows 18% of North Carolinians live in poverty compared to about 16% nationally.

Ed Welniak heads the Income Statistics branch of the Census Bureau.

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Politics & Government
9:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Raleigh To Revisit Food Distribution Ordinance

Credit Dave DeWitt

Raleigh is taking more public comment about its food distribution ordinance. 

Monday night's meeting comes nearly a month after police threatened to arrest volunteer groups that were handing out food to the homeless in Moore Square.  A city ordinance prohibits food distribution in public parks without a permit, but at least one group says it had been giving out food on the weekends for six years. 

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