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

Month: January 2020

January 6 – 10, 2020

The clock started ticking Jan. 1 for about 50,000 food stamp recipients in Cook County who are now limited to three months of benefits over three years, unless they work, volunteer or participate in job training for at least 20 hours a week. there are grave concerns on multiple fronts that the state’s workforce development system isn’t equipped to handle all the people who might need help securing employment, and that many people might not learn the rules even exist until their benefits are cut off.


Minnesotans on food stamps would lose out if utility deduction changes.


“I appreciate the opportunity for a second chance, just to be heard.”


“Putting people in jail constantly for [probation violations] will actually increase recidivism and decrease public safety.”


“Bail reform is well meaning, but there are unintended consequences,” a prosecutor said.


The Trump administration is taking steps to roll back an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities address racial segregation in housing.


Wages rose faster for low-income workers than for any other group in 2019. The gains are partly explained by the tight labor market. But increases in minimum wages also contributed to the gains.


The long economic recovery and a worker shortage are finally beginning to pay off for earners at the bottom of the income ladder.


The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report suggests that the economy ended 2019 on a steady footing.


New research from The New School Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis shows that Social Security retirement benefits help narrow the gap between the haves and have nots. But it’s not enough to prevent some workers from facing poverty in retirement.


The new study from Vanderbilt and Harvard researchers will likely fuel new arguments in Tennessee’s debate over Medicaid expansion.


Increased availability of addiction treatment for the poor linked to fewer heroin and fentanyl opioid deaths


The number of states making it easier for inmates to reactivate benefits has tripled.


A legislative committee studying Georgia’s troubling record of maternal deaths has found the s…


Perinatal or postpartum depression is surprisingly common, affecting more than one in 10 California women on average. But among low-income women the rate is almost one in five.


December 16, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Every state has at least one county where poverty increased since 2016.


The Graduate Hospital area has the highest median household income in Philadelphia, $101,834. Fairhill has the lowest, $18,722.


New U.S. Census estimates show improvement, but some rural counties are worse off than before the recession and 40% of Cincinnati kids live in poverty.


A new Trump administration policy would leave many Americans without food stamps. Food banks are worried they won’t be able to make up the difference.


When people eat better, they enjoy better health, reducing not just suffering, but also some expenses.


College students often struggle to make ends meet, and food insecurity is more common on campus than you might think. Now it could be even more challenging for some to get food stamps.


An estimated 62,000 public housing units around the country need lead abatement.


L.A. County will get $134 million from a settlement to rid homes of lead hazards. But that will cover only a fraction of needed work, officials say.


St. Paul has secured $2 million from philanthropists, businesses and the state to start a college-savings fund for every newborn in the city. Do asset-building programs meet their goals?


Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series examining St. Paul’s plan to start a college-savings fund for every newborn in the city. The first story ran on Sunday, Dec. 22.  …


A single mother in Stockton receiving $500 in monthly cash disbursements says the money has been transformational. Supporters of a privately funded, 18-month experiment in universal basic income for 125 lower-income residents of the city hope her experience can be repeated on a broad scale.


The number of adults getting treatment has nearly doubled since the state expanded the health care program, and wait times are swelling.


“For me, I’m looking at kidney failure, dialysis, death — and I don’t want to die,” said one Idaho woman who will be covered by Medicaid in January.


The controversial move shifted the balance of power away from insurers and government bureaucrats, and empowered individuals to make their own choices


Half of U.S. states are raising their minimum wage this year, benefiting almost 7 million workers, by one estimate.


Wage growth for the lowest-paid workers is now outpacing that of the country’s top-earning professionals


Seattle’s law is now at the forefront of a national debate over the impacts of progressive wage increases.


Nancy Glynn could not afford a funeral for her newborn son who died after a premature birth.


With the ranks of homeless people growing faster than housing is being built, one of the most popular strategies for reducing homelessness has become to simply keep people in their homes.