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

Month: September 2019

September 23 – 27, 2019

The gap between the richest and the poorest U.S. households is now the largest it’s been in the past 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau says.


Almost a third of Syracuse’s population lives in poverty, U.S. Census data shows.


While both the national and Texas poverty rates fell, the individual poverty rate in the Houston metro region ticked up in 2018, with one in seven individuals falling below the poverty line.


A third of Cleveland’s residents live in poverty, and the child poverty rate tops 50%. Countywide, about 215,000 people are in poverty, about 92,000 in the suburbs.


Economists, city officials, and some advocates were gratified to see some positive fluctuation in poverty, as well as in income.


Forty affordable housing complexes are in an innovative federal program.



A long-awaited update to federal overtime rules means about 1.3 million workers will be entitled to extra pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. But critics say it doesn’t go far enough.


The plan is intended to cut eligibility among families considered less needy.


A new report has concluded that enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act is lacking in poor communities, placing public health at risk.


September 16 – 20, 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday released detailed plans to ask the Trump Administration for a Medicaid block grant. Here are the details.


Low vaccination rates in black and American Indian children, poor control of diabetes in Latinos, and decreased screening for cancer and depression in people on Medicaid or without insurance are


With families desperate, thousands are uprooting themselves in Minnesota because they can’t get the help they need where they live.


Big-city schools remain segregated but in small towns and suburbs across the nation, there’s a rise in integration.


California college students say the biggest obstacle to success are costs and juggling work with school, surveys says.


Calling the plan “the moonshot for higher education,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the plan could help 55,000 students attend college each year at a cost of up to $35 million.


Well-timed texts to moms have led to an uptick in reading in toddlers and better grades and school attendance among older kids. Here’s how to sign up.


“Latino parents’ quality of work and work circumstances all compose trade-offs in child development,” the study’s author said.


The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care providers for serving up nutritious foods to children in their care. It serves more


In the first few months of the expansion of California’s CalFresh food stamp program to Supplemental Security Income recipients, the state has been seeing a surge of applications, according to government data.


In a troubling national trend that has perplexed advocates and experts, pedestrian deaths are increasing, disproportionately affecting lower-income, minority communities.


President Trump’s awful descriptions of California’s housing woes can’t be worse than those of the state’s most liberal politicians. But that’s where the agreement ends.


DENVER (AP) — In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett’s door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did…


September 9 – 13, 2019

While the poverty rate finally fell to prerecession levels in 2018, the number of people without health insurance increased, and about one in eight Americans still lived below the poverty line.


New census data show poverty dropping again, but more Americans lack health insurance.


The Trump administration found much to praise in the Census reports, while poverty experts saw cracks and caveats among the flood of good-news statistics.


Median household income was stagnant last year as poverty fell. Fewer Americans had health insurance


The drop, despite a strong economy, was the first since 2009 and at least partly caused by efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act.


Thirty-six states plus the District of Columbia saw declines in child enrollment.


The Government Accountability Office, which looked at the relationship between income, wealth and longevity, found that poor people are living shorter lives and the rich are living longer.


Nearly two-thirds of program alumni no longer live in Cambridge’s public housing, a key goal of Work Force to instill financial self-sufficiency.


Hundreds of Native children have been removed from their opioid-addicted parents.


“We have gotten the message that the answer (to fewer foster care cases) is prevention,” said Nikki Farago, the assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Proponents, critics in South Carolina disagree over whether a work requirement will help Medicaid recipients or cause them to lose coverage.


For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.


When the letter arrived earlier this summer, Lily Rose Krugly had been living in the duplex for 15 years.


Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.