Houston requires permit to feed homeless - Houston Chronicle

US | Laura Donovan

The downtown Houston Health and Human Services Department says a permit is required to serve food for public consumption whether for the homeless or for sale

Jobless benefits bill goes down in House - AP

Politics | wrahn

Republicans in the House Thursday blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season

Obama backs $250 checks for seniors - TheDC

Politics | Matthew Boyle

The move comes because retired Americans have not received a cost-of-living adjustment in two years

Never mind the gap

op-ed | Max Borders

There’s a growing gap between rich and poor. So what?

The downside of skid row charity - LAT

US | Jeff Winkler (admin)

Some community activists allege that the opposition to street distributions has more to do with gentrification than with protecting homeless people

How does minimum wage affect the young's high unemployment? - TheDC

| Chris Moody

About 81 million out of the roughly 620 million economically active youth between the ages of 15-24 worldwide were out of a job, a statistic that has analysts warning of a ‘lost generation’

Federal employees received 'fraudulent' Social Security payments - FOX News

US | Pat McMahon

A GAO report issued shows that at least 1,500 government workers wrongly were given benefits

Job hunt ends, unemployment falls - WaPo

Business | interns

The unemployment rate across 39 states and the District fell in June, but this is far from good news

Thanks, taxpayers! D.C. residents highest paid in nation - TheDC

Politics | Chris Moody

The Washington metropolitan area is home to the highest paid residents in the nation, according to a new report from the Ontario-based Martin Prosperity Institute

Front line of defense - New America Foundation

| interns

The limitations imposed by the role of the states in the U.S. unemployment insurance system are the reason why a majority of workers are not protected and why even insured workers receive inadequate protection.

Forced to leave on a jet plane - KITV

US | interns

Growing number of homeless men setting camp in Hawaii for its generous welfare program has lawmakers pooling money to buy them each one-way ticket back to mainland

Tough labor market for teens this summer - Journal Sentinel

Business | interns

Young people are being squeezed out of summer jobs, and seasonal employers will have to do more with less

Census official fires back over employment figures - The Daily Caller

Politics | Mike Riggs

The online comments section of the New York Post became a forum for Census officials to refute a columnist’s claims that the Census gamed its employment numbers

Second mudslide buries 200 - BBC NEWS

World | interns

A new landslide has swept away some 40 homes in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro area, burying up to 200 people, following the heaviest rains in decades

Have any change? - Seattle Times

US | interns

Seattle committee approves ordinance to curb aggressive panhandling

200,000 to lose jobless benefits due to congressional recess - The Hill

Politics | Pat McMahon

Over 200,000 Americans will lose their jobless benefits for two weeks, because Congress went on recess

Springtime hope for latest job numbers

Opinion | Michael Saltsman

Newest job numbers just released finally show some “green shoots” of economic recovery appearing in the labor market. There were 162,000 jobs added in March, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent as more Americans re-entered the labor force

Haiti gets twice as a much as it asked for in aid

World | AJ

Donors have pledged nearly $10bn (£6.6bn) in aid to Haiti, more than double the amount requested by the country’s president after the January earthquake that devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince

Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a month

| Mike Riggs
Many communities probably don't know that they are spending as much 'to maintain a cot in a gymnasium with 100 other cots' as it would cost to rent an efficiency apartment