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

October 28 – November 1, 2019

The Labor Department’s October data surpassed expectations. Another 95,000 were added in revisions to previous months.


The State of Tennessee has more than $700 million in unused federal block grant fund. The surplus becomes concerning without a plan.


Advocates say even more could lose free lunch as cuts ripple across schools, but Trump administration says those concerns are overblown.


Kaiser will begin sending text messages to 600,000 members in California to encourage them to sign up for CalFresh, or food stamps, which has been shown to reduce patient medical expenses.


Indiana will not kick people off of Medicaid for failing to meet the work requirement, as a lawsuit against the plan makes its way through the courts.


Under pressure from the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature to require Medicaid recipients to work as a condition for coverage, state health


When Leah Post started using a tool meant to prioritize the most vulnerable people she worked with for a shot at housing, she noticed something was off.  People walking through the doors of her human services organization were disproportionately people of color. But the assessment tool she was using, a mouthful called the Vulnerability Index —…


“Every school in the country would be affected,” one expert said. “There could be a lot of litigation.”


The study found that minority students paid a heavy toll under Texas’ controversial policies.


A new study of Syrian teen refugees finds the poverty of their current lives may cloud parts of their thinking more than the experience of war.


A lawsuit filed against the South Carolina DMV claims that the department’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of those who can’t afford to pay traffic tickets targets the state’s poor residents.


A ProPublica-New Yorker story about black land loss was cited by the legislation’s sponsor before the near-unanimous vote.


The city of Philadelphia has announced new steps to thwart those who steal houses from unsuspecting owners.