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Biden commits b to low-income solar, expands climate corps on Earth Day

Biden commits $7b to low-income solar, expands climate corps on Earth Day

Photo by RAZE Solar on Unsplash President Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in grants for low-income households to go solar, and expanding his administration’s US Climate Corps. The $7 billion in grants are part of the EPA’s Solar For All program, which was funded as part of the $27b Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in the Inflation Reduction Act. The Act, as a whole, commits hundreds of billions of dollars to climate and energy related programs. The Solar For All program has selected 60 state and tribal applicants as recipients of the fund money. Details of each grant can be found on the EPA’s website. In total, the funding “will enable over 900,000 households in low-income and disadvantaged communities to benefit from distributed solar energy,” according to the EPA. Focus on low-income communities is in line with the administration’s “Justice40 Initiative” which targets 40% of federal climate funding on disadvantages communities. These projects are estimated to save $350 million in electricity costs per year and avoid 30 million tons of carbon pollution …

Our aging and low-income workforce needs a broader tax break

Our aging and low-income workforce needs a broader tax break

More people are working past the traditional retirement age, and for many, it simply comes down to this: They need the money.   Despite a historically strong economic recovery, the number of people ages 65 and older who live in poverty has increased by more than 1 million since before the pandemic.  Many of these individuals are no longer in the workforce, but for those who are — and for others who can and want to rejoin — access to the earned income tax credit (EITC) could boost their financial security in pivotal ways. But despite being the most important anti-poverty tax benefit for the working poor, the federal EITC and most of its parallel state credits are unavailable to most workers ages 65 and older.  It’s time to fix that.  Over the past two decades, the number of people 65 and older in the workforce has doubled, and in coming years they’ll have the largest and fastest labor force increase of any age group. This is important for economic growth, which will increasingly depend on older workers’ labor supply as our population ages.  To …

This group brings free coding education to low-income NYC students

This group brings free coding education to low-income NYC students

Tucked away in the red-brick community center of the South Jamaica Houses in New York City is a small multipurpose room filled with plastic chairs and tables. A piece of paper taped on the door shows the schedule for the day, with Hood Code starting at 3 p.m. Right on time, the quiet room fills with giggles and sneaker squeaks as children pile into the space, each one excitedly talking over the other. Hood Code is an organization that provides free coding classes to students who live in New York City’s public housing. These apartments are home to more than half a million low-income families and individuals, and 25% of them are under the age of 18. Founder Jason Gibson said Hood Code was specifically designed to be in these neighborhoods and serve this community. “I wanted to make it easily accessible to the families that live here,” Gibson said. Hood Code founder Jason Gibson.Janick Gilpin The workshops introduce the basics of coding to kids ages 8 to 13, and have so far taught about …

Low-income babies on Medi-Cal behind on vital preventive care

Low-income babies on Medi-Cal behind on vital preventive care

Good morning. It’s Monday, Feb. 26. I’m Jenny Gold, a reporter on The Times’ early childhood education team — and a mom who has done her share of schlepping to the pediatrician’s office. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. California kids aren’t making it to the doctor. Here’s why Pediatricians recommend that children go to the doctor for regular checkups pretty frequently. For parents, that means taking your baby at least six times in the first 15 months, another two times by age 2 and once every year after that. But in California, something is amiss. Although 97% of children have insurance coverage, many aren’t actually making it to a doctor. California ranks 46th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of kids ages 0 to 5 who have been to a well-child visit in the last year. And the problem is worse for the more than half of California children covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance for low-income residents — including 1.4 million 0- …

The ‘climate safe rooms’ keeping low-income Australians cool during heatwaves | Australia news

When Deb McDonald’s home would get unbearably hot, she relied upon two strategies to keep cool: placing two frozen water bottles in front of a fan and becoming a “blob”. “On hot days I can’t do much,” says the 68-year-old pensioner, who suffers from chronic lung disease. “I just sit there and read a bit or watch a bit of telly, things that don’t take any effort. When you’ve got an illness like this you feel useless.” That changed when someone from the council knocked on her door in the Victorian coastal town of Saint Leonards two years ago. They were from a local community group called Geelong Sustainability and offered a solution: a “climate safe room”. It involved retrofitting a room in her home, alongside 15 other low-income households who had health vulnerabilities, to protect them from extreme weather. The group installed draught proofing, insulation, an efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner and solar panels to reduce the energy bill so it was not drawing energy from a source that made the climate crisis worse. “Honestly, …