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

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October 15-19, 2018

One out of every 10 students lived in temporary housing during the last school year.


Evictions. Homelessness. Discontent with schools. Student mobility in Milwaukee slows learning and challenges classrooms.


Counties exempt from work rules are nearly all white, a study found. High black-poverty areas face more stringent rules.


The Department of Homeland Security is proposing changes to make sure immigrants seeking green cards or temporary visas are not overly dependent on government assistance.


More than two-thirds of Medicaid recipients are enrolled in privately run Medicaid managed care programs. Yet the evidence is thin these contractors improve patient care or save the government money.


Government report: Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid much more likely to forgo care.


Nearly 70 Republican state lawmakers want Montana to have a work requirement for people who qualify for Medicaid under its expanded program.


Oakland residents at risk of homelessness could qualify for emergency rent checks and legal representation under a new program announced Monday by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and three Bay Area nonprofits. At a City Hall news conference, Schaaf and executives from the East Bay Community Law Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Bay Area Community Services presented a $9 million pilot plan called Keep Oakland Housed, which is designed to provide support services for low-income city residents.


States are beginning to intervene in zoning rules, once a purely local matter.


Despite committing $124 million to build homes for families with low incomes, the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte, NC, has grown worse. Leaders want voters to approve more in bonds in November.


The Inquirer and Daily News, along with WHYY, traveled to Seattle, one of four major cities with a fair-workweek measure.


Enforcement is key, plus other lessons from Seattle, which enacted a scheduling law more than a year ago.



October 8-12, 2018

Several states will hold the first referendum on Obamacare since Congressional Republicans tried and failed to repeal it.


Thousands of low-income residents who don’t have health insurance are skimping on medications or passing up on treatment as they wait for access to Medicaid coverage that voters approved 11 months ago.


Thousands of Arkansas Works enrollees who were terminated from the program on Monday for failure to comply with the program’s work requirement have until 9 p.m. today to attempt to have their health coverage restored.


With hiring strong and unemployment ultra-low, employers could run out of skilled workers to hire


Black teen unemployment fell to 19.3 percent in September, lowest on record. A healthy labor market is providing more opportunities.


Many landlords are now refusing to accept vouchers when they can get higher rents, without the bureaucratic red tape, on the open market.


The study is the first in decades to look at the likelihood of becoming homeless over the course of one’s life.


What’s changed for Alabama children in the past 25 years? It’s a mixed bag, according to the 25th edition of the Alabama Kids Count Data Book, released this week. The aim of the book is to provide a snapshot of…


The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to stop accepting payment and cancel all debt on fees that were previously charged by the Probation Department to cover the costs of incarcerating youths.


At the Marriott credit union, with unusually high fees, service workers find further stress on thin paychecks while better-paid employees get deals.


October 1-5, 2018

The jobless rate last month was the lowest since 1969, though the economy added a less-than-expected 134,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Wage growth slowed to a 2.8 percent rate.


The unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent as the economy added 134,000 jobs in September. Economists had expected gains of 185,000.


Some places lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Now cities are trying to do something about the difference.


Although they both started at the same level of poverty, the child who comes of age in the less-poor community will make more money in life than the child who spends her life in the low-income area.


A new national map confirms what many in Hartford have known for years — that a child’s chance of growing out of poverty is somehow linked to the neighborhood they live in.


Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to


BATON ROUGE – Reading through reams of data released over the last month about Louisiana can be a dizzying and depressing exercise.


The nation’s 37 percent poverty rate for children of parents ages 18-24 is double the poverty rate for all children, according to a new report.


Most recent census data shows child poverty exists in every Toronto city ward.


Louisiana’s college tuition has risen at a higher percentage than any other state nationwide.


Mercy said this week it will close its hospital in Fort Scott. The upcoming closure is reigniting a debate over Medicaid expansion in Kansas.


Nebraska voters will decide next month whether Medicaid coverage should be extended to an estimated 90,000 adult Nebraskans, most of whom work in low-paying jobs.


The 63 clinics that serve the state’s uninsured either have to spend money becoming eligible to take Medicaid or risk leaving some patients with nowhere to go.


Disparities in immunization rates persist between low-income and higher-income people.


September 24 – 28, 2018

Arkansas is the first state to test it, and thousands have been kicked off the program.


Colorado?s expansion of Medicaid has triggered a 29 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate for low-income adults in rural areas and small towns — the largest decrease experienced by a st…


A rule proposed by the Trump administration could force immigrants seeking permanent resident status to prove they will never become reliant on government assistance.


The Trump administration proposes new rules that could keep immigrants from receiving a host of government welfare benefits.


The people who spend their days fighting poverty say kids here are no better off than before, despite the U.S. Census Bureau’s report.


Changes to welfare benefits and funding cuts are driving the working poor into crisis — and reversing a long-term decline in the childhood poverty rate.


State’s plight offers broader message about a U.S. economy where workers at bottom aren’t reaping rewards of growth


Welfare reform has driven many low-income parents to depend more heavily on family and friends for food, childcare, and cash.


Over half of Seattle renters hit with eviction notices last year owed one month’s rent or less, and many tenants who are ultimately evicted wind up homeless, according to a new study of evictions and their consequences. The study,…


For Osby Bryant, $35 is a lifeline. That?s how much the federal food stamp program sends every month to the Shreveport native, who spent 43 years in prison for murder.


A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate.


September 17-21, 2018

The global population living in extreme poverty has fallen below 750 million for the first time since the World Bank began collecting global statistics in 1990, a decline of more than 1 billion people in the past 25 years.


Enrollment in Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program boosted the finances of many low-income residents as well as their health care status


An estimated 85,000 low-income Hoosiers who receive Medicaid benefits will soon need to find a job, volunteer, get job training, or go to school—or risk losing health care for a few months.


Three parties argue in letters that the U.S. government should allow 70,000 more Mainers to get health coverage as state law dictates, despite the governor’s opposition.



Reducing its inventory is going to take changes in state law, additional staff.


One goal is to cut down on emergency room visits.


Many residents abandoned Nichols, S.C., after it was inundated during Hurricane Matthew. The few who stayed now wonder whether they should do the same.


Residents of a North Carolina housing complex have found themselves at the center of a redevelopment drama, even as they wonder what will become of their Florence-hit homes.


Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on government-run lotteries each year.


Food insecurity on a college campus can be anything from missing a few meals to forgoing meals several dozen times in a semester.


Gleaners, Ivy Tech and Goodwill partnering to operate the facility, which will be open to all Hamilton County residents in need


In a major victory for civil rights groups, a federal judge has banned Dallas County from using a predetermined schedule to set bail without considering other amounts or alternatives that would allow the suspects’ release from jail.


September 10-14, 2018

Economists say the relatively modest gains over the last few years are endangered by the administration’s policies and vulnerable to a long overdue economic downturn.


U.S. Household Income Rises to Pre-Recession Levels, Prompting Cheers and Questions
The median income rose in 2017 for the third straight year, the Census Bureau reported. But the details of the report raised concerns about whether middle-class households will simply tread water.


Survey: 13 big cities where poverty is declining in the USA
Poverty rates in some of the nation’s most populous metropolitan areas dropped in recent survey, a trend expected to continue, experts say.


Median household income rises 1.8 percent to record $61,400 in 2017. Income increased 3.2 percent in 2016.


Census-compiled income and poverty rates are used to gauge the economic well-being of the nation and remain tools for lawmakers in deciding policy.


A new report from the Census Bureau indicates the problem could be getting worse.


U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled. But for people without much education, the real question is: Do those jobs pay enough to live on?


People with criminal records are often denied public housing, but few use their right to contest their denial in an informal hearing.



The Trump administration is letting states require Medicaid beneficiaries to work.


– For the first time in almost a decade, Oklahoma will pay medical professionals who treat Medicaid patients more.


The state has now conformed with the federal tax code, providing $76 million in tax relief for individuals and businesses and making filing easier.