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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

June 15, 2020

Evictions are expected to spike as more states lift moratoriums put in place to offer renters relief during COVID-19.


More than 1 in 5 households is at risk of eviction, according to one real estate industry analysis.


The number of Americans unemployed for a long stretch of time has remained steady since the start of the year. Families and the broader economy could be in trouble if that changes.


The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that it is taking additional steps to provide federal coronavirus relief funding to health care providers and hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.



There are about 12 million low-income people who are at risk of missing out on the federal government’s stimulus payment program because they don’t have to file taxes, according to an estimate from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


COVID-19 is spotlighting health disparities; protests add urgency.


June 5, 2020

U.S. employers unexpectedly added jobs last month as the unemployment rate declined, signs that people are returning to work as states reopen their economies. President Trump celebrated the news.


The Treasury disbursed $146 billion in unemployment benefits in the three months through May, but claims totaled about $214 billion.


Enhanced unemployment benefits could push jobless Americans off safety net programs like Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, or reduce their financial aid.


Black employment rates are plummeting, and the evolving wealth and income hit could fall on the shoulders of those ill-equipped to bear it.


NPR’s analysis shows just how stark the impact has been on African-Americans and Latinos. Experts say the pandemic will go on — for everyone — unless we direct resources where they’re most needed.


Hardship programs appear to be helping many people pause payments and survive the economic shutdown so far. But not everybody is getting the help, and advocates see big potential trouble ahead.


As states reopen, tenants are facing the end of freezes on rent payments and evictions put in place at the start of the pandemic despite still-rising joblessness and a stalled economy.


Millions of low-income school children are still waiting receive federal help to buy food, even as the number of families having trouble affording groceries skyrockets.


Illinois will become the first state to provide Medicaid for undocumented seniors not only because of what state Rep. Delia Ramirez has heard from her


May 29, 2020

Since April 17, coronavirus infection rates have surged in L.A. County’s poorer neighborhoods, while cases have risen far more slowly in richer areas.


Blacks are much more likely than whites to die of COVID-19.


Child hunger is soaring, but two months after Congress approved billions to replace school meals, only 15 percent of eligible children had received benefits.


Some Texas cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable. A Houston rental assistance program ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.


As San Francisco’s Latino population suffers a growing toll from COVID-19, the city plans to begin offering more than $1,200 in aid to residents unable to afford to self-isolate after testing positive, according to the mayor’s office.


Roughly one quarter of the workforce in Nevada, Michigan and Hawaii are unemployed, and nearly every other state registered a record-high jobless rate last month, illustrating the historic, wide-spread economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus.


They’ve lost jobs at a much higher rate than other families with children.