poverty

Social Services
6:47 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Four more board members leave embattled NEON

Four more board members of Norwalk's embattled anti-poverty agency NEON have resigned this week.  Exiting members point to deficits in management and financial reporting. 

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Legal counsel for the poor
10:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Courts make case for more civil legal aid

Testimony at NY appellate court hearing on expanding civil legal aid to the poor
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top judge is holding hearings this week on the benefit of providing civil legal services to the poor.  A US Supreme Court case guaranteed legal counsel to people accused of crimes, but that same right is not given to people going through civil court.  New York courts are trying to change that.  

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State of Disparity
6:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State of Disparity: Trying to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder

Rodney Moore of New Haven Family Alliance speaking with participants in the Project Success Program
Credit Craig LeMoult

As WSHU has been reporting in its "State of Disparity" series, Connecticut has one of the widest gaps between the wealthy and the poor in the country. A report out this week by researchers at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley found the chance that someone in the bottom fifth of the economic ladder in Connecticut could rise to the top fifth is about 8%. For some young low-income people, even the bottom rung of that ladder feels out of reach.

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