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Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.

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Guest opinion: The way to end homelessness is to prevent it in the first place

Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a supermarket.

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Low-income Montanans spared food stamp cuts

Low-income Montanans spared food stamp cuts

In a move that prevents 2,000 Montanans from being denied food stamps, Gov. Steve Bullock authorized changes to the home heating assistance program for the poor on Wednesday.

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Guest opinion: Take action to save lives of homeless Montanans

Many of us were saddened to read about the death of homeless Hamilton resident Linda Shelley.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Myth-making about economic inequality

WASHINGTON — Unless you are exceptionally coldblooded, it’s hard not to be disturbed by today’s huge economic inequality. The gap between the rich and the poor is enormous, wider than most Americans would (almost certainly) wish. But this incontestable reality has made economic inequality a…

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Businesses, agencies gather to help Billings' at-risk and homeless

Businesses, agencies gather to help Billings' at-risk and homeless

Hundreds of Billings’ homeless and people at risk of homelessness got the opportunity Friday to learn about services to give them a hand and to get signed up.

January 24, 2014 4:30 pm Video Photos

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Robert J. Samuelson: Minimum-wage goal may be a mirage

WASHINGTON — This minimum wage business is tricky. On its face, raising the minimum seems an easy way to fight poverty. Just pay low-wage workers more. After all, some scholarly research finds that, within reasonable limits, there’s no job penalty. A higher minimum doesn’t reduce employment …

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Report: Youth homelessness on the rise in Billings

Report: Youth homelessness on the rise in Billings

The number of homeless young people in Billings is “escalating well past the expected increase in overall population,” according to a final report issued recently by the organizers of a survey of homeless youth last summer.

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Robert J. Samuelson: How we won and lost the War on Poverty

WASHINGTON — We are awash in retrospectives of the “War on Poverty,” launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and those (mostly conservatives) who judge it a wa…

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Food pantries brace for demand because of food stamp cuts

Food pantries brace for demand because of food stamp cuts

With food stamp cuts starting Friday, local food pantries expected demand for their services to increase as poor families begin running out of the money for food earlier than usual.

November 02, 2013 12:30 am Photos

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St. Francis Upper students donate toilet paper to women's drop-in center

St. Francis Upper students donate toilet paper to women's drop-in center

Students at St. Francis Upper collected several hundred rolls of toilet paper last week for Angela’s Piazza, a women’s drop-in center on Grand Avenue.

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House GOP, Daines approve $39 billion food stamp cut

House GOP, Daines approve $39 billion food stamp cut

A U.S. House vote Thursday to cut an estimated 3 million poor people from federal food stamp rolls was a necessary step toward passing a five-year farm bill, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said.

September 19, 2013 5:17 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana must confront child poverty, hunger

It is 6:30 a.m. and parents in many Montana homes are waking up their kids, while preparing a simple breakfast of cereal, milk and fruit for them before they leave for school.

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Billings Head Start grapples with sequestration cuts

Billings Head Start grapples with sequestration cuts

In the end, the federal budget cuts known as sequestration carved $161,000 out of the Billings Head Start program. 

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Gazette opinion: Children suffer as working poor parents struggle

In the debate over extending Medicaid, proponents often cite the "working poor" as Montanans who would benefit,

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Guest opinion: Most vulnerable Montanans need access to Medicaid

The phone in our NAMI Montana office brings daily evidence from across the state of how the onset of serious mental illnesses such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia leads families into poverty. The symptoms of these conditions are disa…

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Wyoming struggles to develop plan to address homelessness

Wyoming struggles to develop plan to address homelessness

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – Cathie Hughes is a woman with seemingly limitless energy. But she sounded dejected when she answered the phone in early March.

March 31, 2013 11:15 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Government spending doesn't solve poverty problems

The Montana House Appropriations committee finished up hearing all sections of HB2 on March 11. There has been much written about dissension on the part of the committee Democrats who did not vote to approve the bill. I didn’t weigh in on the subject that evening – we had been there a long t…

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Homeless, low-income and code-compliant housing issues remain in Casper

People still face waiting lists at shelters and low-income housing units in Casper, but code enforcement has made some progress with safety inspections over the past year.

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Yellowstone County commemorates Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

For the 19th year, RiverStone Health's Healthcare for the Homeless encourages the community to participate in a candlelight vigil to remember homeless people who have died in the past year.

December 13, 2012 4:43 pmLoading…

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