Engadget: Comcast expands its low-cost internet to another three million households. “Since 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more than eight million low-income individuals from two million households to the internet. Today, the company announced that it’s bringing low-cost internet to an additional three million low-income households.”
KRMG: New Online Tool Provides Patients More Info On Their Medical Costs . “The Medicine Assistance Tool, or MAT, was created by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to provide patients with more information about their medicine costs and help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs.”
Not sure when this updated, but the 2019 version of the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks . This site allows you to search your area for places offering free meals to kids 18 and younger over the summer holidays. I searched my town and found 49 results, which I think is the max that the map will show.
Affordable Housing Finance: New Database Offers a Close Look at Inclusionary Housing. “More than 800 local inclusionary housing programs nationwide are identified in a new Inclusionary Housing Database Map. The online tool also includes data on state-level legislation and judicial decisions that are related to the adoption of local inclusionary housing policies and programs.” I had only the haziest idea of what inclusionary housing is; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy got me up to speed.
Herald-Tribune: Bringing the law to your fingertips. “According to the Legal Services Commission, 86 percent of legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year were handled with ‘inadequate or no legal help.’ About 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil problem with health care, housing, disability access, veterans’ benefits and domestic violence. That caused an estimated 1.7 million low-income Americans to seek support from legal aid groups, the commission said. Most legal information is available free online, but it’s difficult to navigate without law training. My Law, which is accessible as a website or an app for Apple devices, organizes state statutes and rules for traffic, criminal, family, appellate, juvenile, small-claims and civil court, among others under icons such as ‘Law Online’ and ‘Rule Library.’ They are searchable using keywords.”
International Labour Organization: ILO launches online access to legal research and training for developing countries. “The ILO and a group of academic partners have launched a programme to provide free or inexpensive access to legal information and training to promote research in low- and middle income countries and help strengthen the rule of law. The programme, known as GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will give users in more than 115 developing countries access to a wide range of essential legal information for their work and studies that they would not normally be able to obtain.”
Nieman Lab: By mass-texting local residents, Outlier Media connects low-income news consumers to useful, personalized data. “By drawing on a hefty database of information compiled from city and county public sources and automating initial responses, [Sarah] Alvarez has built the one-woman-show of Outlier Media into a resource for low-income news consumers in Detroit in search of tangible, individualized information. In 13 months, Alvarez has sent messages to about 40,000 Detroit cell phone numbers in her quest to reach ‘as many Detroiters as possible’; between 1,200 and 1,600 Detroiters have used Outlier to search for information on an address. (Opting out from Outlier’s messages is always an option as well.) “