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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

February 14, 2020

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Trump administration unlawfully allowed Arkansas to impose a work requirement on recipients of coverage under the state’s medicaid expansion program, affirming a lower court’s 2019 ruling.


President Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which starts in October, would cut nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid.


After jobless claims spiked in the Great Recession, the state changed its system to pay less for a shorter duration to fewer recipients.


Diversion and community corrections keep nonviolent offenders out of prison, but often impose high costs on participants that can push them into poverty


If lower-income students had a boost like those for children of alumni, selective colleges would be far less economically stratified, a study suggests.


Students at historically black colleges and universities in Texas receive a disproportionately lower amount of money from the state compared with


Low income Detroiters facing foreclosure are closer to getting significant relief from back property taxes.


Millions of Americans face eviction while rent prices around the country continue to rise, turning everything ‘upside down’ for many


Advocates say problem dates back generations, and is rooted in poverty and racism.


As rents skyrocket, more homeless people are trying to find work, even if it means becoming part of the process that forces people out of their homes.


February 7, 2020

The labor market started the year where it left off in 2019, with solid hiring.


A study reports a 15% increase in the past three years among homeless students, with a 137% spike in those living on the streets


The raise of $100 a month for 29,000 families is the first since 1986.


“They’re struggling as it is, so when we add this new layer to their everyday routine of, how am I going to get food? how am I going to eat? it just adds a harmful burden for these kids,” one teacher said.


Governors of both parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by the Trump administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, restricting their ability to pay for health care for low-income Americans.


“Thank God I’m … not the CEO of a rural hospital.”


Every first-time parent in the city will soon be eligible to receive as many as six home visits from professionals.


Across the United States and Europe, software is making probation decisions and predicting whether teens will commit crime. Opponents want more human oversight.


January 31, 2020

The order is the latest in which the high court has intervened in hard-line immigration cases that have been halted by lower courts.


Experts predicted a drop in children using public health insurance from the chilling impact of a controversial immigration proposal. Now, there’s troubling…


The overhaul would likely be attractive to red states that want to limit spending, maintain greater flexibility, limit the size of the overall program and share in cost savings.


The Trump administration on Thursday took another significant step in overhauling Medicaid, allowing states to ask for a set amount of federal financing for part of their programs in exchange for more local control.


Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has used a waiver for years to avoid certain work requirements for many of its food-stamp recipients. Under new rules, that is about to end.


Independent grocery stores and regional supermarket chains already face brutal competition and shrinking profits. Now, they are worried about losing out on a valuable source of sales: food stamp recipients.


Texas has billions of federal dollars and at least three congressional seats to gain if the 2020 census accurately counts its growing population. But the…


See whether you make the kinds of mistakes that can cost poor families food or health insurance.


“This is decades and decades of failures,” one expert said of the persistent homelessness crisis that continues to plague California.


The report found that more than 75% of children under age 6 live in homes where all adults work.


Increases in poverty and youth suicide rates go hand in hand, a new analysis shows.