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

Month: June 2020

June 26, 2020

With the extra $600 per week in federal unemployment insurance set to expire at the end of July, policymakers grapple with how to stimulate the economy and help the 21 million Americans who are still unemployed.


As coronavirus hot spots flare across the U.S., adding to economic worries, new jobless claims surpassed one million for the 14th week.


The prepaid debit cards may impose “unnecessary burdens” on the 4 million people who received them, some lawmakers say.


A New York nanny wants to work but doesn’t “want to risk exposing myself to the virus and exposing my children.”


Advocates say it’s time to root out racism in assessed home values.


Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at more than double the rate of other groups, which experts say owes in part to pollution in Black communities.


People living in the poorest neighborhoods had the highest risk for brain changes typical of Alzheimer’s disease.


Some local officials and advocates have bristled at the income restrictions for the Great Plates Delivered program, arguing that too many people are being left behind.


But researchers caution this does not mean low-income families are escaping hardship. And they warn that when the aid expires next month, families could again be vulnerable.


An additional 120 million children in South Asia could be pushed into poverty due to the continuing spread of coronavirus throughout much of the region, according to a new report released by the United Nations children’s agency.


June 19, 2020

The pandemic could drive up Medicaid enrollment by 16%.


The recession is playing out much differently across wealth, race and gender divides. Some are bearing the brunt of the economic contagion, while others hardly feel a thing.


When San Francisco implemented its shelter-in-place order in mid-March, the coronavirus continued to spread through the city’s Hispanic population in parts of the densely populated Mission District, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco reported Thursday.


Soaring levels of food insecurity during the pandemic have placed millions of children at risk of hunger and other serious consequences.


In an effort to keep homeownerss and renters in their homes as they navigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, federal foreclosure and eviction moratoriums are being extended for two more months.


“Opportunity zones,” a key White House program aimed at reducing racial inequities, have benefited big real estate projects more than minority-owned small business, according to a study.


The extension by Comcast comes as the coronavirus continues to keep many students and employees at home, forcing them to rely on their own internet service for work and class.


June 15, 2020

Evictions are expected to spike as more states lift moratoriums put in place to offer renters relief during COVID-19.


More than 1 in 5 households is at risk of eviction, according to one real estate industry analysis.


The number of Americans unemployed for a long stretch of time has remained steady since the start of the year. Families and the broader economy could be in trouble if that changes.


The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that it is taking additional steps to provide federal coronavirus relief funding to health care providers and hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.



There are about 12 million low-income people who are at risk of missing out on the federal government’s stimulus payment program because they don’t have to file taxes, according to an estimate from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


COVID-19 is spotlighting health disparities; protests add urgency.