America's Literacy Directory

The National Institute for Literacy is one of four partners that sponsor America’s Literacy Directory, a searchable database of literacy programs available nationwide. [ALD] is a web site that allows users to find local literacy providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The ALD includes literacy programs for adults, children, and families. You … Continue reading “America's Literacy Directory”

Maryland's Homeless and Public Libraries

On April 23rd, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, published a piece by Monique Lewis titled “Homeless Are Welcome at Public Libraries.” The article profiles the relationships between homeless patrons and library staff in Salisbury, Glen Burnie, Pocomoke City, and Baltimore City. A sample: A homeless person may need help with a job interview or … Continue reading “Maryland's Homeless and Public Libraries”

Public Libraries & Teens in Low-Income Communities

The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago offers the report “New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library – Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development” This study reports on findings from the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development (PLPYD) Initiative, a 4-year, 9-site initiative … Continue reading “Public Libraries & Teens in Low-Income Communities”

Lawyers in the Library: Free Legal Help

Lawyers in the Library is a program jointly sponsored by the San Jose Public Libraries and the San Jose State University Library. Patrons can obtain free 20-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys provided by the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley. According to the sponsors, “The sessions are designed to provide basic information on topics that … Continue reading “Lawyers in the Library: Free Legal Help”

It's Time to Redefine U.S. Poverty

A February 18th article written by Erik Eckholm for The New York Times details a “reignited” debate about poverty measurements in the United States: A brief report this week from the Census Bureau, highlighting how welfare programs and tax credits affect incomes among the poor, has fanned the politically charged debate on poverty in the … Continue reading “It's Time to Redefine U.S. Poverty”

Addressing Poverty with the aha! Process

Marianne Eichelberger, director of the Newton Public Library in Newton, Kansas, recently contacted the HHPTF about poverty-focused training programs created by aha! Process Inc. She writes: Our community held the “Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals & Communities” seminar in March [2005], which was a definite aha! for most who attended. One board member … Continue reading “Addressing Poverty with the aha! Process”

Videoblog: Homeless in Texas

The HHPTF recently received a friendly note from Jack Lee, creator of the videoblog Homeless in Texas. The site features video clips and profiles of homeless individuals in the Austin area. One of Lee’s earliest posts, with accompanying photo, reads as follows: This is Jeff. He’s the first homeless person I’ve approached in Austin, and … Continue reading “Videoblog: Homeless in Texas”

Defining Poverty and Why It Matters for Children

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) provides a variety of fact sheets and stats on child poverty through its Family Income & Jobs initiative. In order to provide our children with a fair start in life, CDF’s Family Income & Jobs Division creates and sustains American communities that work to strengthen every family’s capacity to provide … Continue reading “Defining Poverty and Why It Matters for Children”

Solving Poverty with Asset Policies

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy “is dedicated to the economic and social mobility of individuals and families, particularly those traditionally left out of the economic mainstream, and to the expansion of the middle class.” While the United States is an affluent country, millions of individuals and working families are asset poor, a condition … Continue reading “Solving Poverty with Asset Policies”

Library Service to the Homeless

The following resources are provided in conjunction with the Metropolitan Library System program “Library Service to the Homeless,” taking place today in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Featured speakers include Mary Minow, Tracie Hall, and others. Please feel free to print and distribute this resource list. Economic, Legal, and Human Rights Issues Center for Law and Social … Continue reading “Library Service to the Homeless”