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

Month: February 2019

February 18 – 22, 2019

Growing up Through the Cracks – In the “Compassionate City,” governmental unity has helped to reduce child poverty rates.


A new study of Baltimore shows that private capital is more often spent in low-poverty places that don’t need it as much.


Baltimore program turns vacant public housing units into homes for the homeless
The Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Health Care for the Homeless have teamed up to place up to 50 homeless families into apartments.


With an estimated 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts, should the state guarantee legal help to renters who can’t afford an attorney?


Hypothermia can set in at temperatures as high as 50 degrees, experts say. And with 39,000 people living on the streets in L.A. County, the risk can be high.



More children are entering foster care with serious behavioral and mental health issues.


“I’ve done nothing wrong,” said a 14-year-old after she landed in jail for the fourth time. Many agree, and are trying to stop Washington state from arresting runaway foster kids. The head of the agency responsible says he wants to,…


Historical disparities between black and white cancer patients in the United States are receding, a new study finds. Among men, the overall cancer death rate was 47% higher for blacks than for whites in 1990, but that difference dropped to 19% in 2016, and the disparity has been nearly eliminated in men younger than 50.


Todd Wilson has seen first-hand the positive feedback loop that comes from having more people who seek care at Leo Pocha Memorial Clinic walk in the door with health insurance.


The state now requires many of its Medicaid beneficiaries to work, go to school or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance. But more than 18,000 have come off the rolls.


Is the drop in Medicaid enrollment a consequence of a rising economy or a confusing renewal process?


In almost every state where ballot measures to expand Medicaid have passed, Republicans have tried to change the voter-approved laws.


February 11 – 15, 2019

Illinois Democrats on Thursday voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, a move that will give Gov. J.B. Pritzker an early political victory, grant pay raises to more than 1 million workers and upset businesses across the state.


A bill to be introduced to the New York City Council would require employers to provide a justifiable cause to fire fast food workers.


A study estimates tens of thousands of people would lose health coverage if a proposal to change Montana’s Medicaid expansion program becomes law


The Republican-led legislation is an attempt to reduce the growth of the Medicaid program, which costs the state about $10 billion per year


US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said that constant delays can lead to violent physical outbursts, removal from homes, and traumatizing and unnecessary hospital stays.


For the third year in a row, the percentage of Ohio students receiving free or reduced-price school lunches has declined, inching downward to 39 percent


More than 40,000 South Dakota children, from infants to teenagers, live in families with incomes low enough to qualify for the federal food stamp program, creating challenges to obtaining a


After months of planning, the city of Stockton, Calif., is sending debit cards loaded with $500 to a select group of residents starting Friday as part of a closely watched experiment in universal basic income.


Finland’s basic income scheme did not spur its unemployed recipients to work more to supplement their earnings as hoped but it did help their wellbeing, researchers said on Friday as the government announced initial findings.


As government contracts expire, the Bay Area is at risk of losing thousands of much-needed affordable housing units, according to a new report.


After experiencing explosive growth in recent years, the city is tripling its spending to address the shortage of lower-income units.


The winners of L.A. County’s housing innovation competition will split $4.5 million in grants to test out new, cost-effective ways to speed up the construction of housing for homeless people.


The Midwest provides a lens for larger patterns of racial division across the country.


February 4 – 8, 2019

One in four Americans living in poverty receives no benefits from the federal safety net.


Social workers worry that the states’ efforts to weed out improperly enrolled residents has led to wrongful terminations.


Utah voters approved Medicaid expansion last November, but Republican state representatives — who have long opposed broadening coverage for low-income residents — are now moving to limit the extent of the changes.


N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announces five organizations that will administer the $6 billion annual Medicaid program under a new privatization model mandated by the state legislature in 2015.


In 1950, California voters approved a ballot measure that requires a public vote before some low-income housing can be built in a community. The decision has had broad effects on the state and the nation as a whole.


The agency’s new director reversed course on regulations intended to prevent borrowers from being caught in an endless cycle of short-term, high interest loans.


On Friday, Colorado will severely restrict how much interest payday loan businesses can charge consumers — which could force all of them to close. Voters


The Garden State joins California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia in phasing in higher wages


A few hundred thousand federal employees earn relatively low wages, and their numbers vary significantly across states.


The improvements made by the country’s biggest preschool program offer a story of bipartisan progress at odds with its polarizing time.


The idea is to get young children who are living in shelters into early childhood education programs such as Early Head Start.


The president touted a bipartisan bill he signed to reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. But he’s been quiet about his support for a new juvenile justice law that could impact more people.