poverty

Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Fort Wayne Group Targets Global Poverty Through Handmade Art

Lorelei VerLee provides creative business and marketing solutions for women around the world seeking to rise up, and out of poverty.
Credit Courtesy/Lorelei VerLee

December 10th is Human Rights Day, a global celebration formally established by the United Nations in 1950.  

Poverty is among the most pressing human rights challenges in the world, and here in Fort Wayne, one organization is tackling the issue with what they call "global empowerment through handmade design."

The group is Creative Women of the World.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with the organization's founder, Lorelei VerLee, to find out more about its mission.

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News
2:56 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Number of Hoosier Homeless Continues to Fall

Fewer than than 6,000 Hoosiers were recorded as homeless this year, a two percent decrease from 2013. The state’s homeless population has seen a steady decline over the last four years.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority conducts what’s called a “point-in-time” count each January.  Coordinating with homeless shelters and outreach groups around the state, the IHCDA determines the number of homeless people on a single night. 

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News
6:17 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Study: One in Six Hoosiers are Food Insecure

More than a million Hoosiers don’t know where their next meal will come from or when it will come, according to a report from Feeding America.

Nearly 16 percent of Indiana residents are food insecure – that includes nearly 346,000 children.  

More than half likely qualify for federal assistance, such as food stamps.  But 31 percent of those considered food insecure earn income above federal assistance eligibility levels – meaning their only access to help comes from charitable organizations.  

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The Difference
3:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

City Council Hears New Anti-Violence Plan

The council session garnered a large turnout of faith leaders, community leaders, and citizens.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne City Council members dedicated their entire session Tuesday to discussing a new anti-violence plan called "Bridges to a Better Community."                                      

Members of the Fort Wayne Urban League created it in response to the near record number of killings in the city this year.

The plan a large amount of data on the disparity between races when it comes to poverty, education, and crime, and specific recommendations on how to reduce violence.

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Health & Science
11:25 am
Fri August 10, 2012

IYI: Impoverished students need breakfast, too

Scott Bauer acquired from USDA ARS

As child poverty in Indiana continues to increase, the Indiana Youth Institute is stressing the need for schools to offer breakfast programs.

Ten years ago, child poverty was in the single digits in Indiana.  It now sits at 22 percent. 

There are many ripple effects associated with the increase, including a growing number of students relying on school breakfast programs -- participation is up nearly 60% since 2005.

Still, Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz is concerned there are kids who aren’t getting a good breakfast.

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