Happy Financial Literacy Month
Did you know April is Financial Literacy Month?
CAPSH is offering free Financial Security Workshops for Seniors. The workshops provide information on budgeting and avoiding identity theft and other scams. Attendees will also learn how to access benefits and resources.
Minnesota Poverty Call to Action
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s State of the Union address calling on the nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty.” Minnesota Community Action Partnership is hosting a Call to Action at the St. Paul River Centre on May 1, 2014. It's time to reset the debate and recommit to ending poverty in the United States. Find out more and register for the event by clicking the Read More button.
Energy Assistance Program Now Open Until 8:00 PM on Mondays
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin’s (CAPSH) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is extending its hours to manage the increase in Energy Assistance applications in response to the expanded eligibility guidelines and string of subzero days. As of March 3rd, 2014, CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Mondays.
CAPSH Navigators Offer In-person Assistance With MNSure
Uninsured? Underinsured? Have Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin can help you navigate through MNSure, Minnesota's health exchange.
For more information or to make an appointment call 952-697-1367.
Tax Assistance Schedule Now Available
Free tax assistance is available for eligible people and families. Click the Read More button for dates and locations.
Thousands Rush to Sign Up on the Last Day of Open Enrollment
April 1, 2014
The Star Tribune reports more than 152,000 Minnesotans had previously signed up for coverage through MNSure, thousands more tried to enroll on the last day.
Minnesota Homeowners Who Are Under Water Declines
March 8, 2014
The Star Tribune reports Minnesotans who have negative equity in their homes dropped from 16 to 10% last year.
War On Poverty Works But Unevenly Across the States
February 2, 2014
Stateline does a state by state comparison of how the War On Poverty has fared across the US..
A Majority of Food Support Users Are Working Age
January 27, 2014
The Associated Press reports the program used to mainly go to children and the elderly. That has changed.
Star Tribune Reports Layoffs of SNAP nutrition educators
January 27, 2014
The Star Tribune reports the layoff of 44% of the University of Minnesota Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education employees.
Cold Weather Driving Need For Fuel Assistance
January 27, 2014
Star Tribune reports the bitter cold is breaking peoples' fuel budgets.
Cuts in Federal Rent Aid Hurts Thousands of Minnesotans
January 17, 2013
The Star Tribune reports that by the end of the year more than 3 thousand Minnesotans will lose their Section 8 vouchers.
New Efforts to End Homelessness Take Integrated Approach
January 16, 2014
MinnPost reports Governor Dayton proposes spending $50 million on new housing initiative.
Essay in The Atlantic Explains Why It's Expensive to be Poor
January 15, 2014
Barbara Ehrenreich writes about the ways that low wage jobs trap people in poverty.
Twin Cities Housing Prices Hit 5 Year High
January 14, 2014
The Star Tribune reports a drop in distressed housing help fuel the rise. Only 26 percent of all closings last year in the Twin Cities metro were foreclosures or short sales, compared with 40 percent in 2012 and 50 percent the year before.
Doctors Say Cutting Food Support Could Backfire
January 10, 2014
The Associated Press reports doctors are warning that cutting food support could cause other government spending to rise.
Build on Success in Helping the Homeless
January 6, 2014
Star Tribune editorial points at progress in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay Fannie Mae $541 Million
December 30, 2013
Reuters reports this and other settlements have the taxpayer funded bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nearly breaking even.
War On Poverty Works
December 11, 2013
The Washington Post reports the 50 year long effort has reduced poverty in America and says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped keep the poverty rate flat during the Great Recession.
Homelessness Has Fallen in the U.S. But Funding Cuts Loom
December 10, 2013
The Economist reports efforts to reduce homelessness have worked but the success is threatened by budget cuts.
Health Care Inflation Rate is Lowest in 50 Years
November 21, 2013
Christian Science Monitor report appearing on MinnPost says Obamacare may be partly responsible.
IRS Warns of Pervasive Phone Scam
November 4, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service says scammers are targeting recent immigrants with lies and threats.