poverty

Welfare Reform: F for Oregon, C for California

Mar 23, 2015

The days of "welfare queens" and other derogatory terms for people receiving public assistance are supposed to be behind us. 

Congress passed welfare reform nearly 20 years ago to put some conditions on people receiving assistance. 

States continue to work to curtail poverty and provided needed services, and the Heartland Institute in Chicago gives them grades. 

Sorry Oregon, you get an F, and California gets a C. 

Liam Moriarty/JPR

Most of us take for granted that we can have a hot shower pretty much anytime we like.  But for people without a home, such basic personal hygiene can be a rare luxury. Now, in Ashland, community groups have come together to create a solution that meets the simple human need for cleanliness with dignity and compassion.

Taylor Winkle/Northwest News Network

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

Remembering Feminist Writer Tillie Olsen

Sep 23, 2013
University of Nebraska Press

Tillie Olsen is no longer with us, but her work remains fresh and alive.

The writer of short fiction and non-fiction works is described by some people as a feminist author, but that's an oversimplification.  Her work reflects a deep understanding of women and poor people, still relevant today.  Her daughter Kathie Olsen will join us to talk about the recent collection Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works.

Lawyers for Little Money

Sep 12, 2013
stockmonkeys.com

When we get stuck in a legal bind, we call a lawyer.  If we can afford one.

And if not?  The Center for NonProfit Legal Services is often the answer to that question in Jackson County.  The Center formed more than 40 years ago to help poorer residents with issues like housing, public benefits, and family dispute resolution.  You'll hear how the Center can afford to do its work... and how many people it can help.