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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.

 

 

August 2018 US Unemployment Rate

State Medicaid Programs

  • Thousands in Arkansas lose Medicaid because of new work requirements, By Tami Luhby, September 6, 2018, CNN: “As many as 4,600 Medicaid recipients in Arkansas have lost their benefits for the rest of this year after failing to meet the state’s new work requirements. Arkansas became the first state ever to implement work requirements, after gaining approval from the Trump administration earlier this year. Under the new rules, which took effect in June, recipients must work, go to school, volunteer or search for jobs for at least 80 hours a month or be stripped of their coverage until the following year…”
  • Medicaid expansion would impact wide range of Nebraska workers, study finds, By Don Walton, September 7, 2018, Lincoln Journal Star: “Voter approval of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska would have the greatest impact on food service workers, as expected, but also cover a wide range of working Nebraskans engaged in other job activities…”
  • One-third of New Yorkers are on Medicaid, similar programs, By Joseph Spector, September 5, 2018, Democrat and Chronicle: “More than one-third of New Yorkers are now on Medicaid or other publicly funded health-care plans, a spike of 57 percent over the past decade, a new report found. The findings from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoliin a report Wednesday highlighted New Yorkers’ growing dependency on health-insurance programs run by the state and federal government amid uncertainty over the programs’ future in Washington…”

Eviction

  • The money owed in eviction cases is often small, but the consequences can be huge, By Christopher Huffaker and Kate Giammarise, September 6, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “In District Judge Robert Ravenstahl’s North Side courtroom, stacks of manila folders are piled beside the judge. An American flag stands in the corner. There are several water stains on the ceiling. On this Friday afternoon, he will hear nearly 30 eviction cases in about 90 minutes. Many of the cases this afternoon are tenants from nearby Northview Heights, a large public housing complex on Pittsburgh’s North Side…”
  • New law gives California tenants more time to fight evictions, By Aurora Percannella, September 7, 2018, Los Angeles Times: “Tenants in California will get more time to fight evictions under a new law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this week…”

Homelessness and Housing

  • San Francisco rolls out long-awaited system to track, help homeless, By Kevin Fagan, September 1, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s wonky. It’s a bunch of data and names. And it will most likely save a lot of homeless people’s lives. For the past two years, program managers in San Francisco have been quietly crafting a system to closely track every homeless man, woman and child. The purpose is two-fold: to tailor housing, rehab and other services to them, but also to eliminate wasteful — and costly — duplication of efforts…”
  • Homelessness ruling: sleeping on streets can’t be a crime when no shelters are available, By Bob Egelko and Kevin Fagan, September 5, 2018, Governing: “Cities can’t make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could affect so-called “sit/lie” ordinances in San Francisco and elsewhere…”

Minimum Wage Increases

Minimum wage increases in six cities working as intended, Berkeley study of food-service jobs finds, By Benjamin Romano, September 6, 2018, Seattle Times: “The minimum wage increases that started four years ago in SeaTac are spreading across the country, but economists continue to study – and disagree about – the impact of the new policies on pay and jobs. The latest look at increased wage floors in six U.S. cities, including Seattle, finds that food-service workers saw increases in pay and no widespread job losses. That reinforces the conclusions that the same group of University of California, Berkeley, researchers reached in 2017 after studying the impact just in Seattle…”

General Assistance Program – Pennsylvania

What happens when you reinstate an anti-poverty program and no one knows about it?, By Alfred Lubrano, August 28, 2018, Philadelphia Inquirer: “Hungry people, experts will tell you, are always silent. On Tuesday, they lined up in a quiet queue in the courtyard of St. Francis Inn Ministries in Kensington, awaiting breakfast under a sapping morning sun. Many of them were sharp and savvy from living on the street, but they nevertheless were unaware of some rare good news for people in poverty…”

Hurricane Recovery – Houston, TX

A year after Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s poorest neighborhoods are slowest to recover, By Manny Fernandez, September 3, 2018, New York Times: “Hurricane Harvey ruined the little house on Lufkin Street. And ruined it remains, one year later. Vertical wooden beams for walls. Hard concrete for floors. Lawn mowers where furniture used to be. Holes where the ceiling used to be. Light from a lamp on a stool, and a barricaded window to keep out thieves. Even the twig-and-string angel decoration on the front door — ‘Home is where you rest your wings’ — was askew…”

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • About 2 million low-income Americans would lose benefits under House farm bill, study says, By Glenn Thrush, September 6, 2018, New York Times: “Nearly two million low-income Americans, including 469,000 households with young children, would be stripped of benefits under the House version of the farm bill being considered this week by congressional negotiators, according to an analysis by a nonpartisan research firm…”
  • As Trump targets food stamps, hunger around the U.S. remains high, By Aimee Picchi, September 6, 2018, CBS News: “President Donald Trump is praising the ‘Trump Economy,’ touting how its ‘booming’ numbers are a reason to add work requirements for food stamps. But new government research shows that hunger remains higher than it was before the Great Recession…”
  • Trump weighs in on SNAP work requirements ahead of farm bill meeting, By Brakkton Booker, September 5, 2018, National Public Radio: “With a deadline looming and pressure on lawmakers escalating, a large bipartisan, bicameral conference committee gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday for the first formal negotiations of the Farm Bill…”

Infant Mortality – North Carolina

As NC babies die at one of the fastest rates in the country, Cooper calls for action plan, By John Murawski, August 31, 2018, News & Observer: “North Carolina has struggled with some of the nation’s worst infant mortality rates for decades, and now it’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s turn to wrestle with the stubborn public health challenge. Thirty years ago the state had plummeted to the nation’s second-worst infant mortality rate, prompting the creation of Smart Startand other government programs to reverse the trend…”