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This is what poverty looks like in the US right now

Though poverty has slightly declined in recent years, the US Census Bureau found last year that nearly 40 million people are living in poverty in America. Poverty affects almost every area of life for Americans in every state and city across genders, ages, employment, and education. See the different ways poverty affects Americans across the nation. Click

The Big Issue and social investment has been changing lives for over 25 years

The first copies of The Big Issue magazine went on sale in 1991. Since then, it has helped more than 100,000 people affected by homelessness and poverty. While the magazine remains a key part of what The Big Issue Group does, it has also moved in new directions, and helped other social businesses to grow by

Austin wants to use blockchain technology to help the homeless

Stolen and lost identification often keeps the 7,000 homeless in Austin, Texas, from getting critical services such as medical care, housing, and potential employment. To help solve such issues, the city wants to use blockchain, the same underlying technology behind bitcoin. The technology could be used to create unique digital identifiers for homeless people, allowing

Four ways social impact bonds are improving lives

Around the world, governments, non-profits and private investors are teaming up to solve social problems. Social impact bonds fund social programmes to address problems such as homelessness, reoffending rates, and mental and chronic health issues. The government initiates these bonds, the private sector funds them, and non-profits and social workers carry out the work. Investors

Worry About Hunger, Homelessness Up for Lower-Income in US

Two-thirds of lower-income adults in the U.S. say they worry a great deal about hunger and homelessness, up from 51% in 2010-2011, and much greater than worry among higher-income groups. Since 2001, worry has been highest among those residing in lower-income households, likely because those with limited financial resources are more at risk of going

Pioneering Social Impact Bonds for chronically homeless

2016 was the first year for Denver’s innovative Social Impact Bonds Initiative, partnering the city with homeless service providers and private investors to help chronically homeless people get off the streets and stay off the streets. Denver is the ninth city in the U.S. to initiate social impact bonds (SIBs), but it is the first