Purpose of the Poverty and Inequality Blog (2009-2011)

Purpose The purpose of this blog is to highlight trends, resources and opinions on what’s happening regarding poverty and inequality and what should be done to address them. The focus is largely, though not exclusively, on the U.S, particularly on Los Angeles and California. See my introductory post for more background on my motivations for creating thisContinue reading “Purpose of the Poverty and Inequality Blog (2009-2011)”

Working to end homelessness in Los Angeles

Los Angeles continues to take important steps toward ending homelessness.  I posted an overview of the release of “Home for Good,” an action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in LA over at the Funders Together blog:  “Seeding systems change, innovation and a plan to end homelessness in Los Angeles.”

What Tax Time can do for the Working Poor

By Joseph Martinez and Walen Ngo, United Way of Greater Los Angeles The EITC, or Earned Income Tax Credit, has been known for over thirty years to be one of the more successful anti-poverty programs in the nation. The tax relief program is geared toward only workers earning income below a certain income threshold andContinue reading “What Tax Time can do for the Working Poor”

Good News/Bad News

I have a confession to make: I fight with my daughter almost every morning. Well, “fight” might be a strong word, but part of our morning ritual is to tussle over who gets the Business section of the paper. She is the household meteorologist (a word she learned in her first grade section on “communityContinue reading “Good News/Bad News”

Segregation just isn’t news any more

The end of the year brings with it a slew of “top 10/best of/worst of” lists.  This week’s issue of Time magazine(with Ben Bernanke on the cover as Person of the Year) provides a number of lists, from books to gadgets, business deals to scandals.  On the page of Top 10 Essential Stories, there isContinue reading “Segregation just isn’t news any more”

And the winner is…

Most of the world – outside the U.S. anyway – was fixated over the last week on South Africa to learn the draw for next summer’s soccer World Cup. The 32 teams that qualified for the competition were divided into eight round-robin groups. The top two teams from each group then go into the single-eliminationContinue reading “And the winner is…”

Evidence from Los Angeles that housing the homeless saves money

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) today released a study by the Economic Roundtable that provides even more evidence that providing permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless can ultimately provide public cost savings. These savings have been documented in research in cities across the nation, with the early work being done by DennisContinue reading “Evidence from Los Angeles that housing the homeless saves money”

Compassion: it’s who you know

This past weekend I participated in the third annual HomeWalk, an event to raise funds and awareness to end homelessness in Los Angeles, with thousands of other people. The walk raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year that are distributed to organizations working to house the homeless. The money is great, but potentially moreContinue reading “Compassion: it’s who you know”