BISMARCK, N.D. — President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty.
Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.
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.
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.
Many of us were saddened to read about the death of homeless Hamilton resident Linda Shelley.
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…
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.
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 …
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the end, the federal budget cuts known as sequestration carved $161,000 out of the Billings Head Start program.
In the debate over extending Medicaid, proponents often cite the "working poor" as Montanans who would benefit,
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…
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – Cathie Hughes is a woman with seemingly limitless energy. But she sounded dejected when she answered the phone in early March.
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…
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.