Basic Needs

Summit highlights racial disparities in maternal care

WASHINGTON – Racial disparities in health care in America continues to present much greater health risks to black women and babies, according to participants at the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit. More than 700 women die each year due…

Maryland communities and D.C. receive youth homelessness grants

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Maryland — Baltimore, Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia are among 23 communities receiving a total of $75 million in federal funds to combat youth homelessness. The $75 million was awarded as part of the Department…

One little Marylander uses her new skill to help the homeless

CROFTON, Md. – A 10-year-old Anne Arundel County girl has decided to take matters into her own hands and create pajamas for homeless children in an effort to try and make their lives just a little bit better.

EPA funds pediatric asthma study at Johns Hopkins for Baltimore’s at-risk youth

Twenty percent of children in Baltimore suffer from asthma, which is more than double the national average. Lawmakers are taking the first step in clearing the air by funding a Johns Hopkins study that may bring them closer to preventing pediatric asthma.

Power napping offered by local business to help de-stress

New DC business Recharj offers 20-minute power naps and meditation classes. Research shows just 20 minutes of shuteye can increase alertness, productivity, and mood.

New law aims to give homeless students better access to education

Homeless students face many unique struggles, like finding transportation, stable housing and consistency with school attendance. The Every Student Succeeds Act, effective Oct. 1, hopes to fix just that.

Healing Through Body Art

When you think of body art, you might think of carnivals, tattoos or kid’s parties but one area artist uses the art form to make a difference in the lives of others.

Income Inequality Resonates as an Issue Among Democratic Voters

With one of the richest counties in the country and one of the poorest cities, Marylanders stand to be affected by presidential candidates’ plans for minimum wages, funding, and economic opportunities.

Equal Pay Day: Continuing the battle for equal pay

Equal Pay Day was established a decade ago to raise awareness to the huge gap between men and women’s wages. Now, ten years later, supporters say the battle continues–even as new anti-discrimination legislation is introduced in Maryland to broaden equal pay laws already in place.

Cardin Seeks to Hike Federal Spending for Better Drinking Water

Inspired by the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Mich., Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin introduced legislation to increase spending on the country’s water systems and improve lead testing.