State of Poverty Blog

A Year in Review – NASCSP 2020

Posted on December 31, 2020 Posted By

As 2020 comes to a close, we have the opportunity to take the lessons from a truly unprecedented year and apply them as we look towards the future. We would like to take some time this holiday season...

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Presidential Transitions: Both for NASCSP and the Nation

Posted on November 16, 2020 Posted By

Board President Beverly Buchanan & Outgoing Board President Willie Fobbs Willie – Two months before the United States’ 2020 General Election, the NASCSP board held our own elections. Now that...

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Happy Virtual Weatherization Day from NASCSP!

Posted on October 30, 2020 Posted By

During a year that has contained so much unpredictability, two things are certain: October 30th is still Weatherization Day, and Weatherization program managers, directors, state and local agency...

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2019 Poverty Census Data & COVID Impacts

Posted on September 22, 2020 Posted By

Yesterday morning the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage. The results showed that between 2018 and 2019, incomes increased, the official...

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The Weatherization Assistance Program: Resilient, Innovative, and Adaptive

Posted on August 14, 2020 Posted By

From its founding in the precarious 1970s through its expansion during the 2008 Housing Crisis and into the present, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has known many changes. As it enters...

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LIHEAP and WAP: Keeping Low-Income Families Healthy, Housed, & Energy Secure

Posted on August 6, 2020 Posted By

The energy costs of heating or cooling one’s home can place a significant burden on low-income families, especially those living in more extreme climates. According to the Department of Energy’s...

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Working Together: Improving Homes and Health

Posted on June 29, 2020 Posted By

This guest blog was written by Matthew Flyer, Construction Manager at Yachad in Washington, D.C. For the last 25 years YACHAD, which means “together” in Hebrew, has played an active role in the...

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Blower Doors & COVID-19: A Message from the NASCSP WAP Director

Posted on June 22, 2020 Posted By

The blower door is synonymous with the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). It’s a test that is performed on every home before and after work is completed to assess the effectiveness of...

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Making a Home Healthy, Safe, & Comfortable in South Dakota

Posted on June 8, 2020 Posted By

In 2018, GROW South Dakota’s weatherization team received a call from Ruth, a senior resident in need of assistance with heating her house. When the weatherization team went to her home, they...

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Healthy Homes Month 2020

Posted on June 2, 2020 Posted By

June is National Healthy Homes Month! NHHM is an awareness campaign to emphasize the importance of safe and healthy homes while highlighting the link between housing and the health of individuals and...

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