Poverty

The Economy & Business
7:33 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Can A Neighborhood Improve Without Gentrifying? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jan Lepore-Jentleson

Twin Towers in Dayton. St. Mary's Church, in the background, is central to the neighborhood's history.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around?

 

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Agriculture
10:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Senator Portman Speaks on Controversial Farm Bill, Food Stamp Cuts

U.S. Sen. Portman (center) spoke with farmers at Mike Farm Enterprises near Centerville Wednesday. Owner Mike Clark is on the left.
Credit (WYSO/Lewis Wallace)

  U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the farm bill. The bill, which is up for renewal, subsidizes both agribusiness and food stamps.

The farmers want a new bill passed soon to protect crop insurance, a federally-subsidized program that helps farmers cope when nature destroys their crops. But Portman recently voted against the Senate version of the omnibus bill.

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Health
4:46 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

More Seniors Use Food Banks During Down Economy

Karen Kasler

Food pantries around the state say they’re seeing unprecedented numbers of senior citizens needing help. Activists from across the state met for a summit on dealing with hunger among seniors today. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks says many seniors aren’t able to take care of their nutrition needs, which she says will cost Medicare and other programs in the long run.

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Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Census: Ohio poverty at more than 30-year high

A new census report shows Ohio's poverty rate is the highest in more than 30 years, and median household incomes are at their lowest levels in more than a quarter century.

Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton tells The Columbus Dispatch the census survey released Tuesday reflects the hits the state has taken from the recession, the loss of manufacturing jobs and other factors.

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Awareness
3:40 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Dayton Pastor Goes Homeless for Thirty Days

Homelessness in Montgomery County is on the rise. The two biggest shelters reported a 12 percent increase in need last year. But some people aren't in the shelters at all. They're living on the streets. For a pastor in Dayton the homeless problem has become personal. Ryan Riddel spent the month of January living in a van in downtown Dayton. As Emily McCord reports, Riddell chose to live this way to understand the lives of the homeless better.

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