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IRP Poverty Dispatch

Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

September 18, 2020

Encouraging as it seems, the new Census report is a pretty picture of something that no longer exists.

 

 

Though the reasons are sharply debated, the new data signifies that the first three years of President Trump’s tenure were a period of contracting insurance coverage.

 

The share of Americans in poverty in 2019 declined and median incomes were the highest on record, a Census Bureau report showed.

 

Many U.S. workers have been socked by cuts in hours or pay during the pandemic. The effects could linger in meager wage growth for years.

 

States like Idaho and Rhode Island are finding ways to give an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits to workers ineligible for the Trump administration’s Lost Wages Assistance program.

 

It’s a hard time to try to plan your finances. Unemployment benefits and another round of stimulus checks are up in the air. Evictions are banned, but only temporarily. Here’s a breakdown of where relief measures stand.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a nationwide eviction ban for people who can’t pay rent and have no place to go. It’s helping some, but many others are getting evicted anyway.

 

Worldwide, the population facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double, to more than a quarter of a billion people.

 

School meals are the only meals some children get in a day. But during the pandemic, school feeding programs have been reaching fewer and fewer families.

 

September 4, 2020

Fewer jobs were added to the economy last month even as the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%. Job growth has slowed since June in a sign of what could be a long and painful recovery from the recession.

 

Six states cap their unemployment benefits at an amount that translates to less than the federal $7.25 hourly minimum wage.

 

The Trump administration is preparing to put in place a new ban on eviction of renters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

 

The order comes as House Democrats have been at loggerheads with the White House over the next coronavirus relief package.

 

Beyond the pandemic emergency, there is a food crisis hidden in plain sight: Millions struggling for years to feed their families.

 

The waivers have allowed school districts in Maine to provide free breakfast and lunch to any student who asks for a meal.

 

Judge James Donato ruled the Department of Education “went well beyond” its authority in trying to replace a funding formula mandated by Congress “with ones of its own choosing.”

 

New research shows that minimum-wage violations spike as low-paid workers become more vulnerable and less inclined to complain.

 

August 28, 2020

States are quickly receiving approval to provide jobless residents with President Donald Trump’s $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefit, but it may still take some time before people see the boost in their checks.

 

The majority of U.S. states are now approved to send workers the extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit from the federal government.

 

 

Jobless numbers up in seven states, unchanged in 22 others.

 

When Osvaldo Martinez lost his job in mid-March, the 42-year-old mechanic had to scramble to put food on the table.

 

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration, under pressure from lawmakers and advocates, has reversed course by allowing hundreds of thousands of low-income…

 

Threatening landlords. Callous employers. Jammed phone lines for state help. Lawyers for L.A.’s poor battle a range of pandemic problems.

 

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.

 

Redlining helped reshape the urban landscape of U.S. cities. It also left communities of color far more vulnerable to rising heat.