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

Month: December 2018

December 17 – 19, 2018

Colorado is one of four states in the country housing two-thirds of homeless families with children, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the …


“This is something that school districts are just going to have to plan for,” says an education official in Washington state, which is proactively helping these students succeed and secure housing.


One-third of all Fresno CA Unified School District students come from poverty. And the San Joaquin Valley has the highest numbers of school districts with poverty levels reaching 40 percent.



Manufacturing executive pledges five years of support for collaborative plan to help workers overcome barriers, stay on the job, advance to stability


Despite millions being spent to help, Seattle’s homelessness went up 4 percent in 2018. Washington state’s number of people living homeless was up 5.6 percent — more than any state, save Massachusetts, New York and Texas.


A federal report released Monday provides a possible glimmer of hope for the homeless crisis that has gripped many cities up and down the West Coast.


West Virginia serves as harbinger of health woes: overdoses, suicides, obesity and sinking life expectancy


Research drives home dramatic differences in anticipated lifespans based on geography, even among people who sometimes live just across the street.


Expansion would extend benefits to 91,000 in Idaho, 90,000 in Nebraska and 150,000 in Utah.



The Senate passed the most substantial changes in a generation to federal prison and sentencing laws. The House will follow, and President Trump is expected to sign it.


December 10 -14, 2018

“You’re just not prepared for poverty in old age,” said Alice Foley, who lives on Social Security and food stamps below the federal poverty level of $12,140 a year.


More than a quarter of Colorado households, about 430,000, don’t earn enough income to cover basic costs like food, shelter, transportation, health care and childcare, according to a new self…


June Thomas has lived on the 3200 block of North 9th Street most of his life. It sits in the most distressed, impoverished and crime-ridden ZIP code of the city.


‘We Got This’ provides teens in Milwaukee’s troubled 53206 ZIP code with support, guidance and a job cultivating a garden.


A mailer sent to low-income students with that promise led to a major jump in enrollment at the University of Michigan, according to a new study.


Some colleges are extending scholarships and other help to rural high school grads. They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students on their campuses.


Arkansas is making some changes to its new Medicaid work requirement program as thousands of residents lose coverage.


If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.


The bipartisan “First Step Act” aims to reduce the number of people in the nation’s crowded prisons.


December 3 – 7, 2018

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding despite sharp gyrations in the stock market.


The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave Florida approval to shorten its Medicaid retroactive eligibility period from 90 to 30 days, according to a letter from administrator Seema Verma.


While the ruling goes against the LePage administration, the judge pushes the enrollment date back to Feb. 1, when the governor will be Janet Mills, an advocate of expansion.


Kentucky is moving ahead to revamp the state’s Medicaid program, adding work requirements and other changes sought by Gov. Matt Bevin.


Health care advocates says they have found it difficult, if not impossible, to find out exactly what “medically fragile” means from Medicaid.


There is less than one week left of the public comment period for the proposed “public charge” rule.


Mobility Connection moves public housing voucher holders to areas with less poverty.


After months of back and forth over food stamp work requirements, Congress reaches a deal on the farm bill.


New Census report, comparing 2012 to 2017, shows poverty is decreasing but the number of people receiving food stamps is rising, proving how difficult it an be for people and families to reach the American Dream.


Released on Thursday, the numbers take a microscope to the city’s formidable 26 percent poverty rate, revealing fault lines of distress and hardship.


The problem’s intensifying in much of Hamilton County, even as Cincinnati and parts of Northern Kentucky continue to to have high rates


Based on ongoing surveys, the five-year estimates are the only comprehensive data set for the 2,316 counties with populations too small to produce accurate estimates each year.


New research from Microsoft says that far fewer people have broadband internet access than government statistics have shown.