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

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April 15 – 18, 2019

At least 95 have closed their doors since 2010, and roughly a quarter of the ones left are at risk of shuttering.


As wage gap worsens for black workers in Texas, experts point to weakened labor rights and wealth inequality.


A look at different statistics for 17 cultural groups in Minnesota helps illustrate how different residents are doing economically.


Stockton’s test of a universal basic income provides $500 a month to 130 residents. It is likely to inform the national political conversation.


Cities and states look to raise revenue but not taxes by cracking down on fines.



Since 2010, Broad Street Ministry has served as a post office for people experiencing homelessness.


The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers.


The rule would require expanded use of a verification system meant to confirm a person’s immigration and citizenship status and determine whether people are eligible for benefits.


Walmart, Amazon and grocery chains like ShopRite hope to tap into a lucrative new market: Food stamp recipients who want to shop for groceries online.


April 8 – 12, 2019

Malnutrition is brought on by several causes, but poverty remains a primary reason, experts say.


Almost every night, social workers, with kids in their back seats, are crisscrossing Mass. or camping out at a 24-hour McDonald’s as they await word of a foster family with space for another child.



Women of color are less likely to get treatment for postpartum depression because they fear they’ll be judged too quickly or harshly by child welfare services. Research shows those fears may be justified.


The Kansas Legislature is considering raising the Medicaid rate to reimburse dentists. It would be the first increase since 2001. Only about 30% of the state’s dentists accept Medicaid patients.


Starting July 1, some Hoosiers on Medicaid will be required to work part time or risk losing their health coverage.


Idaho Gov. Brad Little approved legislation Tuesday adding work restrictions and other conditions to the voter-approved Medicaid expansion initiative.


Justice Department asks appeals court to let Kentucky and Arkansas programs go forward.


Fifteen of the 25 enhanced shelters contracted by Seattle ended 2018 short of their performance goals, including shelters operated by longtime providers like Mary’s Place, Catholic Community Services and Compass Housing Alliance.


A new report proposes several bold, regional plans, including a new state agency and a region-wide database, to tackle the Bay Area’s homelessness crisis.


April 1 – 5, 2019

After a lackluster performance in February, the job market bounced back in March. February’s number of new jobs was also revised upward, to 33,000 from 20,000.


Is the strong job market hiding a growing skills gap?


A new report shows that county programs for the medically indigent are generally serving fewer people now than they did before the Affordable Care Act


Tennessee children have been rapidly disenrolled from TennCare, Medicaid and CoverKids health insurance programs.


Advocates say state income checks are confusing to families, burdensome to state. And 1 in 3 of the children are back on the program within a year.


More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been booted from the Medicaid program, after an upgraded state computer check determined they earn too much to receive the taxpayer-financed health insurance.



A new study shows dramatic regional differences in who gets audited. The hardest hit? Poor workers across the country.


While some prisoners are benefiting from reduced sentences under the First Step Act, implementation of other aspects of the law has been hit with delays.


New report shows move away from cash bail helped poorer defendants. But it’s running out of money.


Median earnings, poverty and employment rates have stagnated, and racial gaps have worsened, according to a new Brookings report. Five cities, however, are bucking these trends.


The report says Massachusetts only has about half the number of affordable apartments it needs.


A growing number of residents in New York City qualify for a first-in-the-nation program to provide free legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction.


A recent analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that the share of foster youth living with foster parents or relatives has risen over the decade


More than 70 percent of children participating in Mississippi’s pre-K program leave ready for kindergarten.