Poverty

The Economy & Business
4:28 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Dayton Residents Call For “Robin Hood Tax”

Protesters in downtown Dayton wore Robin Hood hats.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A group of protesters gathered in front of Ohio Congressman Mike Turner’s Dayton office Friday to call for the passage of a so-called “Robin Hood tax.” The demonstration is one of several across the country timed with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Farm Bill Deal Leaves Some Food Stamp Recipients Out In The Cold

The House of Representatives passed a compromise farm bill Wednesday, which among other provisions will makes some cuts to food stamps. The deal includes $8.6 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

 In a conversation with WYSO's Emily McCord, Senator Sherrod Brown says the bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than the $40 billion cut Republicans originally wanted and that legislation will grow the agricultural industry.

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Homelessness
11:07 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Volunteers Conduct Homeless Count In Montgomery County

The Salvation Army in Springfield has operated a warming center for people on the street during the extreme cold in 2014.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

In the midst of the ongoing intense cold weather, teams of volunteers are spreading across Montgomery County Wednesday morning for the yearly statewide census of homelessness. The count gives service organizations a snapshot of how many people are on the streets or in shelters on a given night, and it is required for counties that receive affordable housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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War On Poverty
7:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ohio U.S. Senators Weigh In On The War On Poverty

Senator Rob Portman stands closer to the center on poverty issues than many of his Republican colleagues.
Credit Press photo

The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

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Extreme Weather
3:21 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Shelters Work To Get People Inside During Extreme Weather

Paul Whaley with the Salvation Army of Clark County staffed the Springfield emergency shelter overnight Sunday night.

With temperatures running dangerously low, workers from local shelters are working overtime to get people in off the streets. While hundreds in the Dayton area are experiencing homelessness, most have found a way to be inside.

The gym at the Salvation Army in downtown Springfield has been turned into a temporary warming center.

“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out,” said a man who goes only by Dave. He was squatting at an empty house, and made plans to come to the warming center after he read the forecast in the paper.

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