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

Day: November 8, 2019

November 4 – 8, 2019

About 1.6 million people in California quality for CalFresh food stamps but don’t get them. College students, immigrants, the homeless and seniors are the most likely to miss out on receiving the state benefit.


An exodus of grocery stores is turning rural towns into food deserts. But some are fighting back by opening their own local markets.


A new analysis indicates that rising prices have been quietly taxing low-income families more heavily than rich ones.


October’s power shut-offs by PG&E struck some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest enclaves in places like Marin County, but hit harder in isolated, rural parts of Lake, Butte and Humboldt counties, where many people live in poverty.


Board-and-care homes — created to care for those who cannot care for themselves — are being squeezed out of business by an antiquated state funding system.


People on Medicaid who work rural seasonal jobs in Montana are wondering about the future of their access to health coverage. Montana recently passed a law


TennCare currently provides postpartum health insurance to low-income mothers for just two months after birth.


Colorado, like a number of states, is struggling with huge piles of returned mail linked to public aid programs such as Medicaid or food stamps. But is dropping people from such assistance the answer?


What happens to you in childhood can affect your health for a lifetime. New data show a link between childhood trauma and disease later in life. Prevention is critical, public health experts say.



The administration says it is stomping out fraud in Lifeline, a cellphone subsidy. Critics say it is part of a campaign to cut assistance programs.


Public flagship universities are critical for low-income students because they serve as engines for upward mobility. But a new report finds they’re often out of reach financially.