Tag Archives: Families

The National Association of Evangelicals calls for a scriptural approach to refugees

Syrian-RefugeeBut, as said Leftover, who shared this link in the first place, no one seems to be listening.

You can read more here. As says Leith Anderson, NAE president:

Of course we want to keep terrorists out of our country, but let’s not punish the victims of ISIS for the sins of ISIS. We are horrified and heartbroken by the terrorist atrocities in Paris, but must not forget that there are thousands more victims of these same terrorists who are fleeing Syria with their families and desperately need someplace to go.

Amen, Bro. Leith. The Bible supports you.

Christians act like Christians, and neighbors get mad.

Jesus-WeepingSo a North Carolina church has been housing the homeless, and the neighbors aren’t happy — though the church has been performing this act of grace for a year and a half.

You can learn more here. Or, if you fancy original sources, you can go here.

And thanks, Cynical, for the link. And yes, neighbors of Showers of Blessings of Concord, N.C. You get a Faceplant Jesus for your nastiness.

For some families, the housing crisis isn’t over

Far from it,Image result for affordable housing CT according to this Governing article (and thanks, Kimberley, for sending it along). From the article:

Governingcompiled data gauging the extent to which middle-income family-sized housing is available in the nation’s 25 largest cities. For each city, we calculated the amount that families earning the local median family income could afford to spend on housing and utilities without exceeding the standard 30 percent of their earnings. Data provided by the real estate website Trulia depicts a wide affordability gap between the hottest urban centers and the rest of the country. In the top 10 most expensive cities, an average of just 17 percent of all home listings have three or more bedrooms and are affordable. That compares to a much higher 63 percent of listings in other cities. The outlook isn’t any better for families who rent. On average, more than half (52 percent) of renters in all cities reviewed already spend more than 30 percent of household income on gross rent costs, according to the latest Census estimates, and only a small fraction of rentals are big enough to accommodate larger families.

So this is for homeowners and renters.

Small boosts in family income helps kids a lot

3f05d661d6e3919a06625920891f6f9fThis paper (and thanks, Kimberley, for sending it) from the National Bureau of Economic Research says a little boost in family income has an amazing effect on children in that family. That’s especially true for children facing behavioral or mental health challenges.

You can read more here.

Well, HERE is disquieting news:

puppet-masterFrom the New York Times:

Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.

And you can read more here.

Need v. greed

While the Super Committee discusses how to lower the federal budget by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, a new report “Food Choices: Families or Corporations” from the Praxis Project and the Alliance for a Just Society, shows just what role the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s family nutrition programs (like SNAP, the former food stamp program) play in feeding 16 percent of America — or 48.8 million people.

That makes the Farm Bill — the main policy tool for the government when it comes to food — even more precious.

The report also covers the $95 billion in federal subsidies and contracts the federal government gives to Big Agriculture. Some highlights are:

Riceland Foods, Inc., a transnational corporation with revenues of $1.3 billion in 2009,
received $554 million in subsidies in 1995-2010.

In 2005, Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the U.S. with revenues of $26 billion,
received $46 million in USDA commodity contracts.

Smithfield Foods, the fourth-largest meat producer, with $11 billion in revenues, received
$18.2 million in contracts.

The report, along with a petition you can sign here, will be delivered to the Super Committee prior to its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations.