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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

October 15-19, 2018

One out of every 10 students lived in temporary housing during the last school year.


Evictions. Homelessness. Discontent with schools. Student mobility in Milwaukee slows learning and challenges classrooms.


Counties exempt from work rules are nearly all white, a study found. High black-poverty areas face more stringent rules.


The Department of Homeland Security is proposing changes to make sure immigrants seeking green cards or temporary visas are not overly dependent on government assistance.


More than two-thirds of Medicaid recipients are enrolled in privately run Medicaid managed care programs. Yet the evidence is thin these contractors improve patient care or save the government money.


Government report: Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid much more likely to forgo care.


Nearly 70 Republican state lawmakers want Montana to have a work requirement for people who qualify for Medicaid under its expanded program.


Oakland residents at risk of homelessness could qualify for emergency rent checks and legal representation under a new program announced Monday by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and three Bay Area nonprofits. At a City Hall news conference, Schaaf and executives from the East Bay Community Law Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Bay Area Community Services presented a $9 million pilot plan called Keep Oakland Housed, which is designed to provide support services for low-income city residents.


States are beginning to intervene in zoning rules, once a purely local matter.


Despite committing $124 million to build homes for families with low incomes, the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte, NC, has grown worse. Leaders want voters to approve more in bonds in November.


The Inquirer and Daily News, along with WHYY, traveled to Seattle, one of four major cities with a fair-workweek measure.


Enforcement is key, plus other lessons from Seattle, which enacted a scheduling law more than a year ago.