poverty

The Michigan Public Radio Network

A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. 

Some Democrats in the Legislature are renewing their push to increase the minimum wage for workers who earn tips. They say there should be one minimum wage that covers the entire workforce. 

Officials with the Michigan Association of United Ways say 40 percent of the state’s households are having a hard time affording basic needs, even though they are employed. (WDET)

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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. 

Ministry with Community

Ministry with Community has been operating a day time shelter at its current location on Church Street in Kalamazoo for 30 years. But growing demand for their services  has created the need for a new building. 


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