Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

Survey: Percentage of Coast families in poverty rising

by Associated Press Published: November 18,2013

Tags: income, Lisa Coward, Mississippi Gulf Coast, money, per capita income, poverty, U.S. Census Brueau, Wayne Elias

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The percentage of families living below the poverty line in South Mississippi is on the rise. That’s according to the latest numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In Hancock County, where the numbers from 2007-09 showed 11.6 percent of families were living in poverty and that percentage […] [...]

Epps receives letter asking to leave work centers open

by Associated Press Published: June 13,2013

Tags: advicacy, corrections, employee, jail, low income, nonprofit, poor, poverty, prison, work, work center, worker

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Faith-based groups and advocates led by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU are asking Mississippi prison officials to drop plans to close four community work centers. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. The groups sent a letter to Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps this week, saying the work […] [...]

Report: State’s seniors most unhealthy in the U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seniors who live in Mississippi are the nation’s unhealthiest, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. United Health Foundation commissioned the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report to examine the health of today’s seniors and to encourage […] [...]

Report shows wide disparity in counties’ health

by Associated Press Published: March 21,2013

Tags: county, health, health care, medical, medicine, poverty, ranking, wealth

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In Mississippi’s healthiest county, many residents have easy access to bicycle paths and walking trails. In the least healthy county, there are few places to exercise and people on limited budgets might have to drive long distances to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. New rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and […] [...]

Medicaid expansion battle still raging in House

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program. The House Rules Committee yesterday blocked a Medicaid bill that had already been passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 2207 […] [...]

Census report shows drop in household income

by Associated Press Published: September 20,2012

Tags: earnings, employee, federal government, home, house, household, income, job, money, pay, poverty, salary, worker

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Households in South Mississippi are continuing to earn less. That’s according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Elaine G. Wilkinson, executive director of the Gulf Regional Planning Commission, tells the Sun Herald it isn’t surprising to families living from paycheck to paycheck. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, the […] [...]

Tyson, Urban League partner to fight ‘food insecurity’

by MBJ Staff Published: June 22,2012

Tags: eating, food, food insecurity, food processing, food processor, nonprofit, nutrition, poultry, poverty

ADAMS COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — Tyson Foods, in partnership with the National Urban League, has launched a grassroots, community-based hunger awareness and relief program that will provide resources to Mississippi citizens impacted by food insecurity. Dubbed the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, Tyson and the League are targeting the state because it has […] [...]

Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a […] [...]

Trey Jones helping to carry on tradition created by Jimmy Carter

by Clay Chandler Published: June 3,2012

Tags: economic development, Habitat for Humanity, housing, Jimmy Carter, poverty, Trey Jones, urban blight

Paul “Trey” Jones is the executive director of the Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, a position he has held since June 2011. His past nonprofit work includes a stint as president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. He’s also a past board member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the […] [...]

Catch-22: getting on welfare easier than getting off

by Amy McCullough Published: July 31,2011

Tags: poverty, Single mothers, welfare

Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the […] [...]

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