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

December 10 -14, 2018

“You’re just not prepared for poverty in old age,” said Alice Foley, who lives on Social Security and food stamps below the federal poverty level of $12,140 a year.


More than a quarter of Colorado households, about 430,000, don’t earn enough income to cover basic costs like food, shelter, transportation, health care and childcare, according to a new self…


June Thomas has lived on the 3200 block of North 9th Street most of his life. It sits in the most distressed, impoverished and crime-ridden ZIP code of the city.


‘We Got This’ provides teens in Milwaukee’s troubled 53206 ZIP code with support, guidance and a job cultivating a garden.


A mailer sent to low-income students with that promise led to a major jump in enrollment at the University of Michigan, according to a new study.


Some colleges are extending scholarships and other help to rural high school grads. They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students on their campuses.


Arkansas is making some changes to its new Medicaid work requirement program as thousands of residents lose coverage.


If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.


The bipartisan “First Step Act” aims to reduce the number of people in the nation’s crowded prisons.