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

December 4, 2020

Millions of jobless people may not be receiving the full unemployment payments they are owed, a government watchdog report released Monday found.


Official government statistics don’t fully capture just how much millions of Americans are hurting, one expert says.



Cutting the nutrition aid for more than 8,000 poor seniors on January 1 would be “catastrophic,” lawmakers say.


Loopholes in a CDC moratorium for evictions mean many renters are still losing their homes.


A federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on Dec. 31. Kathryn Leifheit of UCLA says new data suggest evictions are linked to increases in coronavirus cases and deaths.


When a federal order limiting evictions expires at the end of the year, millions of Americans face the risk of losing their homes. Experts say it could have a ripple effect on kids trying to learn.


COVID-19 is closing day cares, increasing the cost of preschools and keeping children at home during arguably their most formative years.


For juveniles, justice often depends on where you live, the color of your skin, which police officer arrests you, or which judge, prosecutor or probation officer happens to be involved in your case.


A new UW study, launched nearly 20 years ago, comes in the midst of a national racial justice reckoning and after months of protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.