8:27 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Poverty Numbers Used By Brownback Campaign Were Inaccurate

A couple of weeks before the election, the Kansas Department for Children and Families issued a press release that poverty in the state fell almost two and a half percent under Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback wasted no time incorporating those figures into the narrative of his success as governor.

“And just yesterday, poverty rates going down in the state of Kansas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said Brownback at the gubernatorial debate in Wichita. “We are moving in the right direction and getting things done."

But the poverty rate information was wrong.

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Heartland Health Monitor
11:41 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Brownback Policies Cutting Welfare Rolls But Not Poverty Rate

Poverty is a political issue in Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback campaigned in 2010 on a platform that included as one of its main goals reducing childhood poverty.  And since taking office, he has aggressively pursued that goal. But he’s done it his way.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Confronting Suburban Poverty

Poverty has hit the suburbs hard in recent years.
Credit Kevin Anderson / Wikimedia Commons

When you think of poverty, you might picture homeless people in the heart of the city or lines at the City Union Mission, but the inner city isn’t the only place where people have fallen on hard times.

On Wedensday's Up to Date, we take a look the suburbs, a place where poverty rates have been climbing for years. We examine what steps local governments can take to help the growing number of people who live in suburban poverty and find out what has been pushing this trend.


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2:46 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Johnson County Demonstrates Sharp Uptick In Suburban Poverty

Poverty in suburban Johnson County doesn't look like it does in urban Kansas City, Kan., or rural parts of the state. 

And that makes it harder to address a growing problem in a part of the metro seen as affluent, says County Manager Hannes Zacharias.

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Central Standard
5:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Decades Of Poverty Law In Kansas City: Highlights From Julie Levin's Career

Credit Courtesy of Julie Levin.

Julie Levin has worked with Legal Aid of Western Missouri since 1977.

In that time, she's had some monumental cases, from a suit against the Kansas City Housing Authority in 1989 that changed the face of public housing, to a case on behalf of a client who lost her job while on maternity leave. That last case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Central Standard
1:08 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

An Interview With Author Of 'The Undeserving Poor'

A homeless man in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Credit Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton / Flickr -- Creative Commons

In 1989 Michael Katz wrote the first edition of The Undeserving Poor and changed the way we talk about and understand poverty. He directly addressed the question of who is responsible for the victims of poverty.

His recently revised second edition came out last month, numerous aspects of poverty have completely changed, while others have persisted and some have even expanded over the last two decades.

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talk with Michael Katz about his work and some of the deepest challenges regarding poverty.


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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Finding A Housing Refuge

Families have financial trouble moving from weekly motels to permanent housing.
Credit Pam Morris/ Flickr-CC

If you saw a school bus stop to pick up children at a motel, what would you think? One Kansas City man who saw just that decided to help.

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Central Standard
1:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Micro-Lending Around The World

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Micro-loans are becoming something of a trend now. Anyone can loan as little as $25 to $50 to someone across the globe they've never met. Bob Harris, a man who saw poverty in the world and pledged to himself to do something about it. 

Oftentimes these loans go to small businessman and businesswomen who need the money to get started or finish a project.  For instance, an individual may need a small loan to open up a new shop, or buy capital for a business they want to start, but they simply don't have the money.

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8:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Kan. Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

A task force looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas wrapped up a series of meetings Monday. The governor appointed group discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

One Plan To Combat Poverty In The Kansas City Area

Credit American Progress

A new campaign vows to cut the number of families living in poverty by half in the next 10 years.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Erik Stegman, manager of American Progess' Half in Ten,  tells how this new plan is not only possible, but necessary.

Valorie Carson, community planning director of United Community Services of Johnson County, joins the discussion. 

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Central Standard
11:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.

Director Barb McNeil says that “Poverty” and “Johnson County” aren’t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.

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1:49 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Stunning Stats of Poverty

Kansas City, MO –
The number of children living in poverty in Missouri and Kansas rose dramatically between 2008 and last year. Using numbers compiled by the census bureau, The Social Impact Research Bureau in Chicago calculated that one in every five children in Missouri lives in poverty.

In Kansas it was 17 percent of the child population.

The agency says 381 thousand people in Missouri are in extreme poverty. That's a family of four earning less than $11 thousand a year.

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KC Currents
3:01 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Simulating Poverty

Kansas City, MO – If you grew up in Kansas City anytime since 1980, you probably took a school field trip to Exchange City. At this learning center, grade school students take on the roles of various members of an adult community, like the mayor, banker and radio reporter, to learn how the economy of the "real world" really works.

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