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

Month: January 2020

January 31, 2020

The order is the latest in which the high court has intervened in hard-line immigration cases that have been halted by lower courts.


Experts predicted a drop in children using public health insurance from the chilling impact of a controversial immigration proposal. Now, there’s troubling…


The overhaul would likely be attractive to red states that want to limit spending, maintain greater flexibility, limit the size of the overall program and share in cost savings.


The Trump administration on Thursday took another significant step in overhauling Medicaid, allowing states to ask for a set amount of federal financing for part of their programs in exchange for more local control.


Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has used a waiver for years to avoid certain work requirements for many of its food-stamp recipients. Under new rules, that is about to end.


Independent grocery stores and regional supermarket chains already face brutal competition and shrinking profits. Now, they are worried about losing out on a valuable source of sales: food stamp recipients.


Texas has billions of federal dollars and at least three congressional seats to gain if the 2020 census accurately counts its growing population. But the…


See whether you make the kinds of mistakes that can cost poor families food or health insurance.


“This is decades and decades of failures,” one expert said of the persistent homelessness crisis that continues to plague California.


The report found that more than 75% of children under age 6 live in homes where all adults work.


Increases in poverty and youth suicide rates go hand in hand, a new analysis shows.


January 20 – 24, 2020

In 2019, an estimated 568,000 Americans were experiencing homelessness.


Low wages and a stagnant housing market have pushed Salinas families to the margins. Advocates say the city’s low-income farmworker community bears the heaviest burden.


Areas where minority residents were denied mortgage loans and insurance in the mid-20th century are now home to some of the city’s hottest temperatures, according to new research.


The one-year lock, which applies to units getting a federal housing credit, aims to stabilize rents for low-income residents.


The report says with Michigan in the bottom five states for equitable K-12 school funding, the state should change its education funding system


A new report from Education Reform Now finds that some of the state’s highest ranked universities fall below the national average when serving Pell Grant students.


Record amounts of Latinos are attending colleges, but they’re intimidated by the cost, whiteness and bureaucracy.



Organizers hope the new space will bring food to hungry local residents and provide an opportunity for entrepreneurship.


As many as 15,000 people in Baltimore could see their food stamps benefits slashed under a new Trump administration rule that tightens eligibility requirements.


January 13 – 17, 2020

In the Empire State, nearly 29% of state revenues went toward Medicaid payments, according to an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts.


The bipartisan proposal announced Thursday must still pass the Legislature. The state’s past expansion efforts have stalled.


“We are on a very tight timeline, and with no investment from the federal government, we need to do right by the taxpayer and make sure we’re setting people up for success,” one state leader said.


In West Virginia, tougher work requirements for receiving food stamps complicated life for poor people, but did not result in increased employment.


Although key health indicators improved in Philadelphia in 2018, it lags behind other major U.S. cities.


The new program is an example of the local solutions emerging in cities as leaders grapple with growing affordability crises.


Despite the availability of winter protection against utility shut-offs, advocates said Thursday that eligible, low-income families continue to receive shut-off notices from Eversource for relatively low delinquencies.


A skid row group is suing Los Angeles over a program that provides an alternative to criminal charges for minor offenses, arguing that it denies people a chance at a fair hearing and is “unnavigable” for people who are poor, homeless or disabled.