poverty http://kplu.org en New Program Offers Financial Counseling to Those in Need http://kplu.org/post/new-program-offers-financial-counseling-those-need <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Learning how to budget and save is something everyone can benefit from, even people who barely have a penny to their name.</span></p><p>That’s the idea behind so-called Financial Empowerment Centers Seattle is setting up with a $1.8 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 11055 at http://kplu.org New Program Offers Financial Counseling to Those in Need Poverty rate appears to be rising in Washington http://kplu.org/post/poverty-rate-appears-be-rising-washington <p>The number of Americans living below the official federal poverty line stayed steady last year. That was a surprise to most experts, who predicted it would rise for the fourth year in a row.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, poverty is near it’s highest rate since the modern welfare system began in the 1960s. And, the rate in Washington state appears to be rising.</p><p>Currently, about 850,000 people in Washington are officially poor. Poverty is defined by a certain income level – which was adopted back in 1959 and gets adjusted for inflation. Today, it’s about $23,000 for a family of four.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:11:30 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6323 at http://kplu.org Food stamps reduced for up to 30,000 legal immigrants http://kplu.org/post/food-stamps-reduced-30000-legal-immigrants <p>Food stamps are getting cut in half next week for many of Washington&rsquo;s legal immigrants. They were cut to help balance the state&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>The food assistance goes to about 11,000 families. Counting their children, that could be nearly 30,000 people impacted statewide, according to estimates by the Children&#39;s Alliance, and advocacy group.</p><p>They&rsquo;re immigrants who came here legally, from countries all over the world. Many have their &quot;Green Cards,&quot; which means they have permanent resident status. Others are here under other programs.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:57:07 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5423 at http://kplu.org Census Bureau: Poverty rate in NW rose sharply then leveled off http://kplu.org/post/census-bureau-poverty-rate-nw-rose-sharply-then-leveled <p>Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty, but the numbers are a little better in Northwest states. That&#39;s the headline from the latest population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:35:54 +0000 Tom Banse 2617 at http://kplu.org City looking for ways to help Seattle's economically distressed http://kplu.org/post/city-looking-ways-help-seattles-economically-distressed <p>If you&rsquo;re unemployed or have a job but are living pay check to pay check, Seattle&rsquo;s City Council wants you to think of them the next time you&rsquo;re in a financial jam.&nbsp; Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:18:02 +0000 Vanessa Romo 1953 at http://kplu.org City looking for ways to help Seattle's economically distressed "Geek heretic": Technology cannot end poverty http://kplu.org/post/geek-heretic-technology-cannot-end-poverty <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxutDM2r534&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic.</p><p>And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant.</p><p>A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/labs/india/" target="_blank">Microsoft Research India</a> in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re not familiar with what they do at Microsoft Research, think artificial intelligence, computer vision, terabyte juggling, high-octane mathematics and the craziest things you can try to do with bits, bytes or any kind of information technology.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/geek-heretic-technology-cannot-end-poverty/"><strong>Read more:</strong> Mon, 09 May 2011 16:08:36 +0000 Tom Paulson 1554 at http://kplu.org Avoiding poverty as you age http://kplu.org/post/avoiding-poverty-you-age <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960608.mp3</p><p>How much income will you need to be financially secure after age 65?&nbsp; It&rsquo;s often hard to know. A <a href="http://www.wowonline.org/ourprograms/eesi/state-resources/washington.asp">new study shows what it costs</a> for the elderly in Washington to live at home and stay out of debt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:10:11 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1108 at http://kplu.org Avoiding poverty as you age More Washington schools report homeless students http://kplu.org/post/more-washington-schools-report-homeless-students <p>The number of homeless students in Washington during the past school year is 5-percent higher than the previous year.&nbsp; More than 21,000 homeless students now go to school in Washington state, according to <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2010/HomelessStudents.aspx">new figures released</a> by the <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/">Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>During the 2005-06 school year, districts reported half as many homeless students.</p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 01:40:47 +0000 Charla Bear 437 at http://kplu.org