Heating Assistance Demand Constant, Next Phase of Funding Facing Cuts

Louisville officials are anticipating a cut in federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program funds, but not a drop in demand. LIHEAP has two phases: subsidy and crisis. For the subsidy phase, low-income Louisvillians can get help paying their utility bills. In the crisis phase, applicants for assistance must show proof that their utilities are about… Continue reading Heating Assistance Demand Constant, Next Phase of Funding Facing Cuts

Kentucky Youth Poverty Rates Rising Faster Than Adults

Child poverty in Jefferson County is increasing more quickly than Kentucky’s adult poverty rate and all areas of the state are contributing to some of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) released information it compiled using data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey. The data shows Jefferson County’s… Continue reading Kentucky Youth Poverty Rates Rising Faster Than Adults

Dare to Care Demand Grows, Hunger Walk Approaches

The leaders of the Dare to Care Food Bank say this year’s hunger walk in Louisville has to be bigger than ever. Since late 2007, Dare to Care has seen the demand for food increase 67 percent. One out of every six area families now relies on the food bank for a portion of its… Continue reading Dare to Care Demand Grows, Hunger Walk Approaches

FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access, Affordability

This week, a coalition of call center operators promised to create 100,000 new American customer service jobs, many of which could be done from home. But unless Internet access is improved, those jobs will be off-limits to one third of the country. There are two hindrances to broadband. For 20 million Americans, there are no… Continue reading FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access, Affordability

Poverty in Kentucky

The latest census numbers on income, poverty, and health insurance are out, and the news doesn’t look good for Kentucky. Poverty is up 1.3% in the Commonwealth from last year. That’s more than the national average, and due in large part to the loss of manufacturing and construction jobs during the recession. This Wednesday we’ll take a look at the contributing factors that keep Kentuckians in poverty, and explore some of the differences between urban and rural poverty throughout the Bluegrass. Join us with your thoughts and questions.  Listen to the Show

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How Do Our Kids Count in Kentucky and Indiana?

Given the state of the economy, it should come as no surprise that the number of U.S. families in poverty is on the rise. As the latest Anne E. Casey Kids Count report bears out, poverty is having a devastating effect on the kids of Kentucky and Indiana. Join us on Tuesday as we discuss the latest Kids Count report.

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