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

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July 13, 2020

As unemployment claims keep pouring in, new job postings are lacking, and an end to some benefits is approaching.

 

Tens of millions of applications, 40-year-old technology, and years of budget cuts and restrictions created the perfect storm for state unemployment agencies.

 

A report from the Urban Institute finds that three federal measures — one-time stimulus payments, enhanced SNAP benefits and extended unemployment assistance — have kept more than 10 million Americans out of poverty this year.

 

As cases of coronavirus continue to skyrocket around the country, new details are emerging from New York City — once the epicenter of the domestic pandemic.

 

Coronavirus cases in Alameda County increased nearly five times more rapidly in low-income communities than in high-income ones, according to a Chronicle analysis. Driving the differences was a lack of early support for the people who needed it most.

 

“It’s really unfathomable that we would put low-income, already marginalized groups through even greater uncertainty,” one legal aid provider said.

 

Congress has yet to pass a measure that would ensure a pay boost for people who have been asked to keep going to work during the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.

 

An undercover investigation found that Black people were shown fewer apartments and that real estate agents cut off contact when renters gave Black-sounding names like Lakisha, Tyrone, or Kareem. In subtle and overt ways, Black renters experienced discrimination in 71 percent of the cases tested.

 

Under the Cares Act, parents are supposed to get an extra $500 per dependent child under 17. But the IRS lost information for hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans.

 

The state was one of 14, along with neighboring Texas and Kansas, that had not expanded the program.

 

June 26, 2020

With the extra $600 per week in federal unemployment insurance set to expire at the end of July, policymakers grapple with how to stimulate the economy and help the 21 million Americans who are still unemployed.

 

As coronavirus hot spots flare across the U.S., adding to economic worries, new jobless claims surpassed one million for the 14th week.

 

The prepaid debit cards may impose “unnecessary burdens” on the 4 million people who received them, some lawmakers say.

 

A New York nanny wants to work but doesn’t “want to risk exposing myself to the virus and exposing my children.”

 

Advocates say it’s time to root out racism in assessed home values.

 

Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at more than double the rate of other groups, which experts say owes in part to pollution in Black communities.

 

People living in the poorest neighborhoods had the highest risk for brain changes typical of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Some local officials and advocates have bristled at the income restrictions for the Great Plates Delivered program, arguing that too many people are being left behind.

 

But researchers caution this does not mean low-income families are escaping hardship. And they warn that when the aid expires next month, families could again be vulnerable.

 

An additional 120 million children in South Asia could be pushed into poverty due to the continuing spread of coronavirus throughout much of the region, according to a new report released by the United Nations children’s agency.

 

June 19, 2020

The pandemic could drive up Medicaid enrollment by 16%.

 

The recession is playing out much differently across wealth, race and gender divides. Some are bearing the brunt of the economic contagion, while others hardly feel a thing.

 

When San Francisco implemented its shelter-in-place order in mid-March, the coronavirus continued to spread through the city’s Hispanic population in parts of the densely populated Mission District, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco reported Thursday.

 

Soaring levels of food insecurity during the pandemic have placed millions of children at risk of hunger and other serious consequences.

 

In an effort to keep homeownerss and renters in their homes as they navigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, federal foreclosure and eviction moratoriums are being extended for two more months.

 

“Opportunity zones,” a key White House program aimed at reducing racial inequities, have benefited big real estate projects more than minority-owned small business, according to a study.

 

The extension by Comcast comes as the coronavirus continues to keep many students and employees at home, forcing them to rely on their own internet service for work and class.