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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

December 9 – 13, 2019

Evidence shows women should receive follow-up care for a year after giving birth.


Experts say USDA proposals to curb access to food aid would likely boost hunger and increase “deaths of despair”


In addition to the SNAP rule affecting Ohio Medicaid recipients, an analysis by the Center for Community Solutions found that most of Ohio’s Appalachian counties will get hit by the rule, at a time when a new study shows the American mortality rates have decreased after decades of increases, driven by the premature deaths in the Ohio Valley.



Accepting a job, even flipping burgers, often means renouncing doing similar work in the future


Charleston and Columbia are about average when it comes to the percentage of workers who make low wages. But in Myrtle Beach, more than half of workers make low wages.


You’ve probably seen the protesters and signs calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage nationally. Now there’s a Florida bid to increase the minimum wage.


A new Bay Area Air Quality Management District program provides grants to get low-income motorists into electric and hybrid vehicles.


Up to 20 low- and middle-income Indianapolis homes could be running on solar power for free by the end of 2020 with help from a new city initiative.


The U.S. has two water crises: Failing infrastructure and a silent one … race, said the report’s author.


December 2 – 6, 2019

The Labor Department’s report was much stronger than the one last month, helped in part by the end of a General Motors strike.


A decade-old legal fight shapes a mayoral race and offers the Supreme Court a chance to weigh in.


A new study shows housing assistance had a significant impact on health care use by children, but not by adults.


The Agriculture Department gave its final approval to the first of three rules that are ultimately expected to cut more than three million from the food stamp rolls.


“SNAP is related to hunger and getting people the nutrition they need,” one food bank representative said. “Food shouldn’t be a luxury.”


“We are trying to reduce the stigma. It’s OK to get some help, to get some assistance,” said Reniel Del Rosario from Berkeley.


The poll also discovered that “only the wealthiest and most conservative Americans support cuts” to food stamps and other safety-net programs.


Research suggests the most effective way to help poor people can be to give them no-strings-attached cash. Now a new study finds even neighbors who don’t get the aid benefit.


Working poor families pay such a high percentage of their income for child care that it leaves too many with crippling debt, advocates say.


With so many women in Congress, the nation looked closer than ever to affordable child care and paid family leave. So far, nothing. We found out why.


States are just now becoming aware of a five-year-old federal policy.


The Louisiana Department of Health has partnered with vendor MAXIMUS to streamline Medicaid enrollment, creating the Healthy Louisiana app. Eligible residents can use the app to compare health-care plans and find doctors.


November 18 – 26, 2019

Walter Stokely is a public defender in Kansas City, Missouri, who says he has too many cases to effectively represent his clients. John Picerno was driven out of the system and is now a successful attorney.


Missouri’s poor public defender system leaves people in jail for years waiting to go to court. A Kansas City Star project investigated conditions in the indigent defense offices and courts of the state.


Two states this year passed laws to fight youth homelessness.


Trump administration officials appear poised to release a new homelessness strategy, which has California officials wary and poised for battle.


Neighborhoods with higher poverty rates face many challenges, including lower educational attainment, greater reliance on public assistance, and higher rates of people who are uninsured.


Despite Kentucky’s efforts to improve the child welfare system, fewer Kentucky kids removed from their home because of abuse or neglect are being reunited with their families, a new study finds.


Some new Chicago parents will now receive free visits by nurses at home three weeks after a baby is born.


About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits. Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 30 hours a week.


Residents in Elliot Park say healthy, affordable food is hard to come by in their neighborhood.


Mobile and farmers markets are among the cream of the crop when it comes to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income comm…


Area residents are finding alternate ways to shop for food at grocery stores amid food desert in Franklin.


From 2016 to 2019, millions flowed into communities that have not qualified for the HUBZone program since 2013.


Low-income students are only half as likely to graduate from college as their more affluent peers even when they attended top suburban high schools, according to Globe analysis of first-of-its-kind state education data.