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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

November 20, 2020

The unemployment benefits system has many shortcomings, researchers argue in a new paper published by MIT. They were laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic.



Expanded federal benefits are scheduled to lapse in December, potentially leaving millions of people with no income.


Emergency federal programs to assist the unemployed in the pandemic will expire at year’s end if there is no congressional action.



With the CDC eviction order set to expire at the end of the year, hundreds of thousands of renter households across the country may still lose their homes.


Despite moratoriums on evictions during COVID-19, renters across the country say their landlords found back-door ways to kick them out.


Florida became the eighth state and the first in the South to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Replicating this in other states and on the federal level remains a challenge.


No school is immune from the financial disruptions caused by the pandemic, but those with hefty endowments and reserves are faring better than those without. Colleges that are heavily reliant on tuition are watching their revenue dry up as enrollment has fallen, while the expense of testing and reopening has risen.


A double-digit dip in the number of students who have applied for federal aid for college has experts concerned.


November 13, 2020

Time is running out for millions of Americans who still haven’t gotten stimulus checks — and they’re likely the people most in need.


Nearly 3.6 million Americans were out of work for at least 27 weeks in October, and the ranks of the long-term unemployed could keep growing.


Many Americans had barely been making ends meet before the coronavirus tipped the U.S. into a deep recession. Now, millions are falling into poverty.


With thousands of previously halted cases now reactivated, and new ones likely to flood the system soon, epidemiologists, doctors, and housing advocates say an eviction onslaught may heighten the growing spike in coronavirus cases.


Using food stamps to shop for groceries online has grown in recent months amid the coronavirus pandemic at Amazon and Walmart, a new report says.


The president-elect has vowed to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, which gave millions of Americans health insurance. But many insured people still struggle to pay for health care, research finds.


November 6, 2020

In October, the economy grew jobs but at a slower pace than earlier in the summer. The unemployment rate fell in October.


The end of a $600 weekly subsidy to unemployment benefits has led to a rapid rise in financial stress among households since August, according to research.


In New Hampshire, more than 10,000 people who collected unemployment during the pandemic have received notices that they weren’t entitled to benefits and had to return the money.


AUSTIN — Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Texas already had the highest number of people in the country without health insurance. Since then, thousands…


Florida has become one of a handful of states that is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25.


Zak Stern didn’t flinch when he saw Floridians vote for a $15 minimum wage.


Creators of the Portland-area approach tried to avoid the pitfalls of similar policies elsewhere, and are giving teachers large raises.


President Trump said affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime in the suburbs. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.


Parts of Louisiana and the Navajo Nation face the biggest gaps.