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

March 20, 2020

Unemployment sites jam; ag groups fear labor shortage; states pause evictions.


The coronavirus has hit restaurants, hotel and gig workers hard, and many of these workers are finding out they don’t even qualify for unemployment insurance.


Nearly 20% of U.S. households have experienced either a layoff or a reduction in work hours because of the coronavirus, according to a new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll.


Janitors are going into offices to battle the invisible germs that threaten public health, sometimes without adequate protection or information about what they are facing.


COVID-19 could catch fire among the nation’s low-income residents, experts say, but with the crisis comes the opportunity for a just response.


As the coronavirus upends the economy, the Trump administration plans to make changes to the food stamp program that could lead to nearly 700,000 people losing assistance.


Americans with tight financial resources have fewer options as they navigate coronavirus closures and layoffs.


A flurry of federal, state and local action aims to prevent a new housing crisis as the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy.


“We’re just as exposed as anybody else in the country.”


Legislature fails to pass bill waiving rules on phone, video chats for pandemic.