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

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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.


May 28 – 31, 2019

A national decline in kids enrolled in Medicaid and children’s health insurance – with the sharpest enrollment rate drop occurring in Tennessee – means more children likely have been left without health insurance, according to a report released Thursday.


Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs covered 20,000 fewer children at the end of 2018 than the year before, a new report says. That 1.6 percent drop is less than an overall 2.2 percent decline in enrollment nationally, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The report, released


AUSTIN – In 2016, a foster baby born with severe defects needed constant monitoring from a nurse, to ensure he didn’t pull out his breathing tube…


About 5 percent of adults over age 65 said they skipped or rationed medication, or didn’t fill a prescription because of cost, according to a new report.



While Americans are aware that people in poverty need food, many don’t realize the problems caused by a lack of diapers.


The relocation is viewed by critics as the latest case of the Trump administration stifling the work of nonpartisan experts.


Move could reduce the number of families eligible for CYFD program


The Trump administration wants to count canned spray cheese, beef jerky, nacho cheese dip, and frozen burritos as staples under a proposal that could allow more retail stores to accept food stamps.


Bobby Akins lives on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. He lives in a high rise and has a fixed income, but finds himself in a food desert. That’s an urban


When several Shop ‘N Save grocery stores closed last year in north St. Louis, residents in some neighborhoods were left without easy access to healthy


Felons in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties owe more than $1 million in fees and interest. That makes a voter-approved amendment to restore felon voting rights meaningless for many of them.