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

Month: May 2020

May 29, 2020

Since April 17, coronavirus infection rates have surged in L.A. County’s poorer neighborhoods, while cases have risen far more slowly in richer areas.


Blacks are much more likely than whites to die of COVID-19.


Child hunger is soaring, but two months after Congress approved billions to replace school meals, only 15 percent of eligible children had received benefits.


Some Texas cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable. A Houston rental assistance program ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.


As San Francisco’s Latino population suffers a growing toll from COVID-19, the city plans to begin offering more than $1,200 in aid to residents unable to afford to self-isolate after testing positive, according to the mayor’s office.


Roughly one quarter of the workforce in Nevada, Michigan and Hawaii are unemployed, and nearly every other state registered a record-high jobless rate last month, illustrating the historic, wide-spread economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus.


They’ve lost jobs at a much higher rate than other families with children.


May 22, 2020

In Mississippi, families of COVID-19 victims say poverty and race determine their survival.


Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount
With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.”


Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.


Millions of Americans are relying on unemployment benefits for their livelihoods after losing their jobs to the coronavirus crisis.


The CARES Act is providing extra money on top of usual unemployment checks.


Growing numbers of parents dont know when or where their childrens next meals will come from, said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand.


Plans aims to aid low-income renters with alternatives to upfront costs


There’s only one major stop along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor where minimum wage earners are guaranteed an income below the federally defined poverty line.


Visits help biological parents maintain bonds with their children.


At-risk children need foster care during COVID-19, so local child welfare agencies provide resources to help foster parents accept new kids


The death of a 16-year-old boy in Michigan highlights one of the many problems America’s foster care system faces amid the coronavirus pandemic.


May 15, 2020

The United Nations predicts that a global recession will reverse a three-decade trend in rising living standards and thrust half a billion people into extreme poverty.



AUSTIN — Texas has won federal permission to replace the value of free or discounted school meals that 3.6 million low-income school children have lost…


The Federal Reserve Bank on Thursday reported just how unequally the coronavirus-induced economic downturn is hitting Americans.


Unemployment benefits are taking a long time to reach Florida residents, which could prove challenging as a moratorium on evictions soon expires.


A growing number of states are turning to the federal government to help pay unemployment benefits to millions of Americans left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.


“What I’m seeing is a lot of clients who are eligible to apply for unemployment are simply too afraid to do so,” one immigration lawyer tells NPR.


A federal judge is close to ruling on whether a GOP-backed measure requiring felons to pay court fees is constitutional. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill after Floridians overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to felons.