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

Month: September 2018

September 24 – 28, 2018

Arkansas is the first state to test it, and thousands have been kicked off the program.


Colorado?s expansion of Medicaid has triggered a 29 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate for low-income adults in rural areas and small towns — the largest decrease experienced by a st…


A rule proposed by the Trump administration could force immigrants seeking permanent resident status to prove they will never become reliant on government assistance.


The Trump administration proposes new rules that could keep immigrants from receiving a host of government welfare benefits.


The people who spend their days fighting poverty say kids here are no better off than before, despite the U.S. Census Bureau’s report.


Changes to welfare benefits and funding cuts are driving the working poor into crisis — and reversing a long-term decline in the childhood poverty rate.


State’s plight offers broader message about a U.S. economy where workers at bottom aren’t reaping rewards of growth


Welfare reform has driven many low-income parents to depend more heavily on family and friends for food, childcare, and cash.


Over half of Seattle renters hit with eviction notices last year owed one month’s rent or less, and many tenants who are ultimately evicted wind up homeless, according to a new study of evictions and their consequences. The study,…


For Osby Bryant, $35 is a lifeline. That?s how much the federal food stamp program sends every month to the Shreveport native, who spent 43 years in prison for murder.


A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate.


September 17-21, 2018

The global population living in extreme poverty has fallen below 750 million for the first time since the World Bank began collecting global statistics in 1990, a decline of more than 1 billion people in the past 25 years.


Enrollment in Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program boosted the finances of many low-income residents as well as their health care status


An estimated 85,000 low-income Hoosiers who receive Medicaid benefits will soon need to find a job, volunteer, get job training, or go to school—or risk losing health care for a few months.


Three parties argue in letters that the U.S. government should allow 70,000 more Mainers to get health coverage as state law dictates, despite the governor’s opposition.



Reducing its inventory is going to take changes in state law, additional staff.


One goal is to cut down on emergency room visits.


Many residents abandoned Nichols, S.C., after it was inundated during Hurricane Matthew. The few who stayed now wonder whether they should do the same.


Residents of a North Carolina housing complex have found themselves at the center of a redevelopment drama, even as they wonder what will become of their Florence-hit homes.


Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on government-run lotteries each year.


Food insecurity on a college campus can be anything from missing a few meals to forgoing meals several dozen times in a semester.


Gleaners, Ivy Tech and Goodwill partnering to operate the facility, which will be open to all Hamilton County residents in need


In a major victory for civil rights groups, a federal judge has banned Dallas County from using a predetermined schedule to set bail without considering other amounts or alternatives that would allow the suspects’ release from jail.


September 10-14, 2018

Economists say the relatively modest gains over the last few years are endangered by the administration’s policies and vulnerable to a long overdue economic downturn.


U.S. Household Income Rises to Pre-Recession Levels, Prompting Cheers and Questions
The median income rose in 2017 for the third straight year, the Census Bureau reported. But the details of the report raised concerns about whether middle-class households will simply tread water.


Survey: 13 big cities where poverty is declining in the USA
Poverty rates in some of the nation’s most populous metropolitan areas dropped in recent survey, a trend expected to continue, experts say.


Median household income rises 1.8 percent to record $61,400 in 2017. Income increased 3.2 percent in 2016.


Census-compiled income and poverty rates are used to gauge the economic well-being of the nation and remain tools for lawmakers in deciding policy.


A new report from the Census Bureau indicates the problem could be getting worse.


U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled. But for people without much education, the real question is: Do those jobs pay enough to live on?


People with criminal records are often denied public housing, but few use their right to contest their denial in an informal hearing.



The Trump administration is letting states require Medicaid beneficiaries to work.


– For the first time in almost a decade, Oklahoma will pay medical professionals who treat Medicaid patients more.


The state has now conformed with the federal tax code, providing $76 million in tax relief for individuals and businesses and making filing easier.