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

Month: August 2019

August 26 – 30, 2019

Small towns in much of the country are dangerously dependent on punitive fines and fees.


On Aug. 9, Holly Uchtman and her 7-year-old son Zyler headed to their weekly appointment at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Zyler has Duchenne muscular


Some kids with mild asthma only need to use their inhalers when they have symptoms, according to research from Washington University. That’s a major


Giving 300 million Americans $10,000 to $12,000 a year would cost more than $3 trillion to $4 trillion annually, according to varying estimates. Many people understandably ask: Where would all that money come from?


More than a fifth of grandparents raising grandchildren are poor.


Suburban communities around Denver are stepping up efforts to combat homelessness, either by doing more comprehensive counts of those without homes or launching studies to better understand the roo…


The threat of displacement and loss of community takes a mental and physical toll on senior renters.


With an average of more than 290 sunny days per year, Las Vegas is often touted as a perfect place to generate solar power. Yet, those factors aren’t translating into bringing more solar power into the homes of all Nevadans …


The first two Financial Empowerment Centers opened in Detroit Monday as part of a partnership to offer low-income residents free financial counseling


August 19 – 23, 2019

A program with an intensive approach offers a rare success story in producing lasting wage gains. Its guiding principle: “We will not let them fail.”


For many people in medical debt, a trip to the emergency room leads to the courtroom.


The states with the highest Medicaid prescribing rates for the anti-craving drug buprenorphine — Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Ohio — all expanded the program.


The Medicaid-approved changes to Ohio’s state plan should remove barriers and expand Ohio’s ability to reduce lead risks in homes where Medicaid-eligible children and pregnant women live and spend time.


About 33,000 are eligible for the Adult Dental Pilot Program, the first time in nearly 50 years that some adults on Medicaid in Maryland will have basic dental coverage.


In Wisconsin, a third of county jail inmates stayed in lockup because they couldn’t pay low-cash bonds, a study found.


Some 250,000 families in California receive only $50 per month in child support because they’re on government assistance. The rest of the money goes back to the state to pay for those public safety net programs.


Seventy U.S. mayors rebuked the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the federal food stamp program in a signed letter.


Nearly 10,000 people in Los Angeles live in vehicles. The City Council recently extended a ban on sleeping overnight in cars, vans or RVs in residential areas and near parks or schools.


August 12 – 16, 2019

The Trump administration’s new means-testing rule is an attempt to change the profile of the American immigrant. No more is the U.S. a place that welcomes the poor.


Trump administration rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance are going into effect.


Fearful of being labeled as “public charges” and jeopardizing their chances of becoming permanent residents, many low-income immigrants in Minnesota are not enrolling in public-assistance programs.


While it’s too soon to measure consequences, advocates for people in poverty are predicting spikes in hunger, as well as burgeoning physical and mental health issues in Pennsylvania.


Public Interest Law Center attorneys allege that refusing Section 8 vouchers is an illegal violation of Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination.


Hennepin County’s biggest landlord is rethinking its approach to evictions amid a larger conversation over the fairness of the process and the damage an eviction filing has for renters.


Nearly 8,000 people will receive housing support under the new Medicaid benefit.


First in a series: Big Mama and her neighbors live in a homeless encampment in Los Angeles. Through a special housing initiative they’ll soon have the opportunity to move into apartments.


WASHINGTON – Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options.


Child trust funds have never been fully tested in the way Booker envisions, after an experiment in the United Kingdom was cut short a decade ago.


An inspector general report from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 100,000 kids who were newly prescribed ADHD medication didn’t see a care provider for months afterward.


Youth sports participation is rising among richer families, as children lower down the ladder exit the field