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

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May 1, 2020

As businesses across the nation slowly begin to reopen, many laid-off workers face a difficult decision: Do they feel it’s safe enough to return to their jobs?

 

The social problems borne of poverty, including homelessness and trauma, are a key reason COVID-19 sickens and kills far more people of color.

 

A relatively healthy population, fewer people living in poverty and strong compliance with social-distancing rules have helped Colorado avoid the high death tolls some states have endured from COVI…

 

Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for federal payments to help families during the coronavirus pandemic. So are their spouses, even if they are U.S. citizens.

 

Pennsylvania is bracing for a significant surge in applications for food stamps and other assistance programs. Advocates are scrambling to help Philadelphia-area residents apply for help as state offices are closed to the public.

 

In southeastern California, 6,000 students in the Coachella Valley Unified School District aren’t accessing the meals they’re entitled to.

 

“I heard complaints from teachers that they were trying to teach their students, they were trying to help their own children and manage the home,” said a school superintendent in Georgia.

 

2020 Kids Count data profiles find improvements in child poverty and death rates, increases in neglect and abuse investigation involving minors

 

The students’ lawyers argued that literacy is a fundamental skill to living in a democracy, and thus protected by the U.S. Constitution. In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court agreed.

 

April 24, 2020

Just over half of lower-income adults say they or someone in their household has lost their job or taken a pay cut because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new Pew Research Center study has found.

 

People on unemployment in most states normally receive, on average, less than half their weekly salaries. Now many are poised to receive more than they would have normally earned in their jobs.

 

After several weeks since filing for unemployment, many are still waiting to be paid.

 

Record numbers of jobless and the coronavirus’s disproportionate effect on low-income people of color has increased the focus and the demands on Medicaid.

 

“These are unprecedented times for American families who are facing joblessness and hunger.”

 

About 40% of households receiving food stamps won’t see any increase in their benefits, and online grocery delivery remains limited.

 

A study of four cities suggested that those living in close quarters in shelters can spread the virus at high rates even when asymptomatic.

 

Motel dwellers may not receive tenant protections in some states.

 

Theoni Bosman Quarshie has been cramped into a two-bedroom London public housing apartment with her mother and younger sister since the UK went into coronavirus lockdown in mid-March.

 

With most schooling now only available online, the coronavirus pandemic is bluntly underscoring the stark digital divide among California’s students.

 

Though many telecommunications companies said they would provide free Internet services to those in need during the coronavirus shutdown, a survey of Los Angeles Schools families finds that getting it done isn’t always so simple.

 

April 17, 2020

Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.

 

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how close to the edge many Americans were living, with pay and benefits eroding even as corporate profits surged.

 

Economists warn that recovering from the ‘Great Lockdown’ is going to take a long time, and millions of Americans are likely to remain out of a job through the end of the year

 

Jobless claims exceed 20 million in four weeks, inflicting a toll on the labor force not seen since the Great Depression.

 

As businesses remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic, an unrelenting jobs crisis continues to push Americans onto unemployment rolls.

 

By the end of the April, gig workers, people who had job offers revoked because of coronavirus, and others will be able to apply for benefits through a new state program.

 

Following an outbreak among San Francisco’s homeless, advocates worry smaller communities that have resisted using hotels to ease crowding at homeless shelters, such as West Haven, Conn.; Plymouth, Mass.; and Laguna Woods, Calif., will also experience a similar rapid spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease among their most vulnerable populations.

 

The portal is separate from the soon-to-be-launched “Get My Payment” portal that the IRS is creating for people who filed their taxes but did not get a tax refund through direct deposit.