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

Month: August 2020

August 28, 2020

States are quickly receiving approval to provide jobless residents with President Donald Trump’s $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefit, but it may still take some time before people see the boost in their checks.


The majority of U.S. states are now approved to send workers the extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit from the federal government.



Jobless numbers up in seven states, unchanged in 22 others.


When Osvaldo Martinez lost his job in mid-March, the 42-year-old mechanic had to scramble to put food on the table.


WASHINGTON – The Trump administration, under pressure from lawmakers and advocates, has reversed course by allowing hundreds of thousands of low-income…


Threatening landlords. Callous employers. Jammed phone lines for state help. Lawyers for L.A.’s poor battle a range of pandemic problems.


As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.


Redlining helped reshape the urban landscape of U.S. cities. It also left communities of color far more vulnerable to rising heat.


August 14, 2020

New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.


McDonald’s and Marriott franchises are among hundreds of businesses that have illegally denied paid sick leave during the pandemic, records show.


The pandemic is showing the need for strong local agriculture.


Many Coloradans, struggling to make ends meet during a pandemic that has led to soaring unemployment rates and reduced workloads.


While Georgia’s unemployment numbers surged at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people who received welfare continued to drop from 2019 through June. Those experiencing financial hardship may have chosen instead to turn to help from food stamps, where the number of households receiving the benefit has shot up by nearly 250,000 in a year.


The study also showed children who were members of a racial minority group were more likely to become infected.


Times survey finds profound disparities in distance learning between children attending schools in high-poverty areas and those in more affluent ones.


Immigration lawyers and advocates are scrambling to rally asylum seekers in South Florida to file their work permit applications quickly before new federal restrictions take effect on Aug. 21.


August 7, 2020

New maps show how the virus has severely deepened economic inequality within cities.


The cost of groceries has been rising at the fastest pace in decades since the coronavirus pandemic seized the U.S. economy, leading to sticker shock for basic staples like beef and eggs and forcing struggling households to rethink how to put enough food on the table.


Congress didn’t extend the $600 boost to weekly unemployment benefits, which lapsed on Friday. Now, some workers will get just a few dollars a week in jobless aid.


The $600 weekly pandemic unemployment payments have single-handedly changed the economic equation in America as people earn more staying home than they did in the jobs they lost.


Housing advocates fear that they could see a wave of evictions in the coming months, as states end moratoriums put in place during the coronavirus outbreak.


Legal process rebooting weeks after state moratorium on evictions lifted; Detroiters get reprieve until Aug. 17


The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.


Voters were asked to amend Missouri’s Constitution to force an expansion of Medicaid in the state.