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

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March 18 – 22, 2019

Federal regulators Friday approved Ohio’s request to require thousands of Medicaid recipients to work, attend classes or train for a job to qualify



After Medicaid expansion, the number of colon cancer screenings in Kentucky went up. And because early stage cancers were caught, the risk of death went down, according to a new study from the University of Kentucky.


About 60 percent of the approximately 70,000 Missourians purged from the state’s Medicaid program in 2018 lost coverage because they failed to reply to a


The Orlando metropolitan area is now the worst in the country for its shortage of rental housing for extremely low income residents, a new report finds. The region now has 13 affordable and available units for every 100 households that need one.


As far as availability, Houston had the lowest per-capita rate of available affordable units.


Harvard and Stanford researchers say disadvantaged students are still three to four years behind their affluent peers.


More than 85,000 high school graduates have received the tuition scholarship since its inception in 1992.


Indiana school districts are sounding the alarm on projections that call for big cuts in state money that is based on rates of students in poverty.


A recent report trumpeted an alarming statistic; Montana has seen its homeless more than double among rural students in a four year period.


A year ago, Los Angeles City Council members promised to support 222 units of new housing for homeless people in each of their districts. So far, the reality has been uneven, with projects disproportionately concentrated near downtown and poorer parts of L.A., perpetuating a longstanding pattern.


Michigan is considering whether to scrap or salvage a problem-plagued child welfare computer system that has cost the state $231M since 2011.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the measure, which would place conditions on the re-enfranchisement of millions, a “poll tax.”


March 11 – 15, 2019

The Trump administration is proposing a sharp slowdown in Medicaid spending that would shift more than $1 trillion over 10 years by steering the entitlement


When he first ran for president, Donald Trump blasted the Obama administration for hurting senior citizens by slashing billions from Medicare.


The secretary of health and human services endured hours of bipartisan grilling over the president’s budget for 2020, including cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and health research.


The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn’t always allocated to those who need it most.


Chicagoans in mostly black neighborhoods are still more likely to live far from trauma centers than those in white neighborhoods — though the gap has shrunk dramatically since University of Chicago Medicine opened its trauma center last year, according to a new study.


Starting April 1, Philadelphia will get its own day-work program, with a few unique twists.


“SNAP is an anti-hunger program — full stop,” one expert said. “It’s not supposed to encourage people to work. It’s supposed to end hunger in our country.”


A proposal that would make it harder to obtain work-rule exemptions — a move designed to encourage people to find jobs — has social service agencies worried that the poor would be hurt.


“It is dangerous,” said the head of a Puerto Rican nonprofit group that provides food to the homeless. “People don’t have enough money to buy food already.”


A number of schools have introduced laundry rooms to try to help low-income students make it to class. The goal is to “take the stigma out of getting help,” one principal said.


To unlock the benefits of going to college, you need to earn a degree. But average completion rates in the U.S. are surprisingly low and can vary widely depending on what type of school you attend.


March 4 – 8, 2019

Employers increased payrolls by only 20,000 in February, a stark contrast to the two preceding months.


The economy added far fewer jobs than expected in February, a slowdown from much stronger gains in December and January. But the jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent, and earnings growth picked up.


Health analysts say the decrease might mean that more kids are going without the health care they need.


General Assistance is for low-income residents who need help, but don’t qualify for traditional welfare because they don’t have dependents.


Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.


An anti-displacement program in San Francisco requiring the city to offer significant portions of affordable housing developments to people who live in the areas where they’re built appears to be performing as planned since it began around two years ago.


A growing number of people are becoming homeless late in life, say researchers who attribute the finding to the lack of an adequate safety net for poorer senior citizens.


The national Hispanic poverty rate fell to an all time low in 2017, continuing a years long downward trend, according to U.S. Census Bureau…


In cities, dollar stores trade in economic despair, with many residents saying they are a vital source of cheap staples. But as the stores cluster in low-income neighborhoods, critics worry they are not just a response to poverty — but a cause. Residents fear the stores deter other businesses.


Some states can revoke your job license if you fall behind. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would outlaw that practice.


For some people in Newport News and Hampton, broadband internet is too expensive. Agencies and organizations have developed programs to help provide access.


Companies are using gimmicks and fine print to lure low-income taxpayers into hiring them for tax preparation, often charging far greater fees than what other preparers would charge for the same service.