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

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June 17 – 21, 2019

Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement plan backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence that employment increased.


The number of children in the United States increased by more than 9 million in 30 years, with most of that increase among children of color in southern and western states.


Only 58% of foster teens live with a family instead of a group home.


Obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds on the federal Women, Infants, Children nutrition program declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, a report says.


WASHINGTON – America has now gone longer without an increase in the federal minimum wage than at any point in the law’s eight-decade history.



A new study examines whether cities respond to complaints as quickly in poor neighborhoods as they do in rich ones.


Partition sales erode generational wealth and create housing and financial instability.


More than half of surveyed clients of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid were more stable after resolving a civil legal problem.


According to the most comprehensive report of its kind, states spend more than $9 billion a year incarcerating people who violate community supervision terms that even corrections officials admit are difficult to comply with.


At least 10 states permit workers to put a lien on an employer’s property in connection with a wage claim.


President Donald Trump’s administration proposed a rule on changing how poverty is calculated that would make 15,000 fewer households in California eligible for SNAP, Medicare and other benefits.


California lawmakers have agreed to reduce business write-offs in the state tax code to match some changes made by President Trump’s 2017 federal tax overhaul. It will raise more than a billion dollars to expand a tax credit for the working poor.


June 10 – 14, 2019

But a handful of cities are starting to provide counsel in civil court.


Forget the school of hard knocks. Trauma and poverty hurts kids, a Penn and CHOP study finds.


Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide.


Low-income Americans who use government safety net programs could be affected by a number of proposed rules and actions in areas such as housing, food aid, overtime and immigration.


Officials in L.A.’s suburbs say they are indeed in compliance with a court ruling that says cities cannot stop homeless people from sleeping on sidewalks.


Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR’s recent poll on rural health found that especially true for one group: people with disabilities.


Patients who say they were mistakenly cut from Georgia’s Medicaid rolls cite great difficulty in trying to talk to state services to fix the problem.


It’s largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls following bolstered eligibility checks.


Minnesota is one of about a dozen states trending in a positive direction. But the price tag is still too high for low-income students at most of the state’s two- and four-year schools.


June 3 – 7, 2019

The number of jobs added was well below the three-month average. Manufacturing, a key sector that is affected by trade tensions, showed weak growth. But the unemployment rate held steady, at 3.6%.


The US economy added only 75,000 jobs in May, a surprisingly low number that was well below what experts had predicted.


In a setback for efforts to fight homelessness, the number of people on the streets and in shelters rose in 2019. Officials blame a lack of affordable housing.


The new King County one-night count found a steep decrease in chronically homeless people living on the streets, a decrease so steep that people are questioning the report.


Republicans say Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration is bypassing state limits on food assistance.


Trump’s farmer bailout sends beef, grapes, lentils and other items to food banks.


The expansion of the Medicaid program — a major part of the Affordable Care Act — has helped to improve black cancer patients receive timely treatment in states where expansion took place, according to new research.


Medicaid clients told lawyers with the charity Georgia Legal Services that they had received notices that they would be losing their benefits.


A booming economy is one reason, along with state and local family-friendly policies, but also a fraying federal safety net.


The flexibility to have an extra person at home, even for a few days, offers significant postpartum benefits, new research shows.


Severing parental rights is the nuclear option of child protective services.


More people are believed to be relying on family and friends to watch their kids. Minneapolis is helping to educate those informal providers.


At one school, black and Hispanic enrollment plummeted to 14 percent from 50 percent. At another, it went to 4 percent. “What has happened?” a black alumna asked.


From Washington to West Virginia, the number of children born in withdrawal from opioids and other drugs has skyrocketed, and those babies — now elementary-school students — present challenges that teachers say they have never encountered at such a scale.