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Oct 31st

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Number of Minnesota children living in poverty up 56 percent

Between 2008 and 2009, nearly 34,000 more children were living in poverty in Minnesota, according to the American Community Survey. This continues an alarming trend in Minnesota that has seen a 56% increase (60,000 more children) in children living in poverty since 2000. Poverty is defined as an annual income of below $21,947 for a four-person family.

Additionally, Minnesota’s increase is greater than other states, causing the state’s ranking to decline from 5th to 12th. “All of these dramatic shifts in poverty numbers raise great concern for our children’s future,” stated Jim Koppel, Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)–Minnesota Director, “because we know that living in poverty is the greatest predictor of future struggles for our children.”
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Nearly 8,000 families, individuals seek help with housing in eight months

Stimulus money prevents homelessness, moves people off streets, out of shelters

Almost 8,000 families and single adults in Ramsey County needed help staying in their homes or finding a place to live be...
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Northeast residents unite to stop garbage transfer station

Northeast residents unite to stop garbage transfer stationResidents from Northeast and Southeast neighborhoods gathered last week at the Eastside Neighborhood Services Building gymnasium, 1700 2nd St. NE in Minneapolis to unite in their fight to stop the gar...
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HAP approved as HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) recently received approval as a Housing Counseling Agency from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throug...
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The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program (SYLP) is a year-round program for elementary and secondary education students from high-poverty neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to assist ...
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