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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

August 14, 2020

New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.

 

McDonald’s and Marriott franchises are among hundreds of businesses that have illegally denied paid sick leave during the pandemic, records show.

 

The pandemic is showing the need for strong local agriculture.

 

Many Coloradans, struggling to make ends meet during a pandemic that has led to soaring unemployment rates and reduced workloads.

 

While Georgia’s unemployment numbers surged at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people who received welfare continued to drop from 2019 through June. Those experiencing financial hardship may have chosen instead to turn to help from food stamps, where the number of households receiving the benefit has shot up by nearly 250,000 in a year.

 

The study also showed children who were members of a racial minority group were more likely to become infected.

 

Times survey finds profound disparities in distance learning between children attending schools in high-poverty areas and those in more affluent ones.

 

Immigration lawyers and advocates are scrambling to rally asylum seekers in South Florida to file their work permit applications quickly before new federal restrictions take effect on Aug. 21.

 

August 7, 2020

New maps show how the virus has severely deepened economic inequality within cities.

 

The cost of groceries has been rising at the fastest pace in decades since the coronavirus pandemic seized the U.S. economy, leading to sticker shock for basic staples like beef and eggs and forcing struggling households to rethink how to put enough food on the table.

 

Congress didn’t extend the $600 boost to weekly unemployment benefits, which lapsed on Friday. Now, some workers will get just a few dollars a week in jobless aid.

 

The $600 weekly pandemic unemployment payments have single-handedly changed the economic equation in America as people earn more staying home than they did in the jobs they lost.

 

Housing advocates fear that they could see a wave of evictions in the coming months, as states end moratoriums put in place during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Legal process rebooting weeks after state moratorium on evictions lifted; Detroiters get reprieve until Aug. 17

 

The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.

 

Voters were asked to amend Missouri’s Constitution to force an expansion of Medicaid in the state.

 

July 24, 2020

A report from the Urban Institute finds that three federal measures — one-time stimulus payments, enhanced SNAP benefits and extended unemployment assistance — have kept more than 10 million Americans out of poverty this year.

 

Most of the relief measures in the CARES Act are about to expire. Yet millions of Americans are still suffering financially amid the pandemic.

 

Tens of millions of applications, 40-year-old technology, and years of budget cuts and restrictions created the perfect storm for state unemployment agencies.

 

Report cites disparities in distributing $1,200 coronavirus stimulus checks as White House, congressional leaders consider second round of payments.

 

As coronavirus cases surge across the US and states throttle back on economic reopenings, experts and advocacy groups are warning that low-income families could face utility shutoffs as moratoriums on disconnections lift — with Black families especially at risk.

 

In the Rio Grande Valley, poverty and chronic illness are aggravating the coronavirus outbreak. Ambulances stack up outside emergency rooms, where patients wait for beds.

 

Florida City, Homestead and unincorporated Miami-Dade make up the 33034 ZIP code, which has the highest poverty rate in Miami-Dade County. Residents of the area, which relies heavily on tourists to and from their way to the Florida Keys, have been struggling since the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As cases of coronavirus continue to skyrocket around the country, new details are emerging from New York City — once the epicenter of the domestic pandemic.

 

Coronavirus cases in Alameda County increased nearly five times more rapidly in low-income communities than in high-income ones, according to a Chronicle analysis. Driving the differences was a lack of early support for the people who needed it most.

 

Many Arizona schools will require teachers and students to wear masks when they reopen in person. For low-income schools, that’s a challenge.

 

As the pandemic began to surge, nearly 40% of Latinos did not have broadband internet access at home and 32% did not have a computer.

 

A sizable minority of Massachusetts’ most underserved high school students and their families are reconsidering their higher education plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic.