child poverty

State Child Poverty Rate Higher Now Than In 2008

Jul 21, 2015

Today about 24 percent of Michigan’s kids are impoverished compared to 19 percent in 2008. The Detroit Free Press says that comes as a surprise to some who believe the U.S. is pulling out of its economic recession.

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A year of behind-the-scenes work is culminating today in the City of Kalamazoo's first event as part of its new Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo initiative aimed at reducing poverty, especially among children. At 7 o'clock tonight, officials invite the public to hear a message of hope and strategy from Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution. He speaks at the Fetzer Center on the Western Michigan University campus. 

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University of Alabama Professor Emeritus John Bolland sent his students out into the poorest areas of Mobile, Alabama and nearby Pritchard for 15 years. They found young people were facing more than a lack of resources, they also had almost no hope things would get better. 


A new report is calling for a coordinated approach to helping low-income families. 


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