What do we really know about homelessness in the U.S.?
Are most homeless mentally ill? Is it inevitable that a society will have homeless people? A researcher digs into the real data on homelessness.
The US suicide rate rose 30.4 percent between 1999 and 2015.
Most European nations have seen suicide rates fall by 20 percent or more. Research is limited, but some studies blame US inequality.
An American suburb.
Poverty rates across the suburban landscape have increased by 50 percent since 1990. This suburbanization of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 years.
Everyone needs to eat their veggies.
Accounting for grocery prices and the effort eating home-prepared meals requires, the benefits commonly called food stamps fall far short of paying enough for the poor to eat right.
More than 40 million Americans rely on SNAP for groceries.
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Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
Preschool today, success tomorrow.
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Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead?
The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
The first food stamps program, created amid the Great Depression, lasted four years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos honored musician and philanthropist Elton John for his contributions to upholding ‘human dignity.’
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The global elites are paying attention.
Tammie Jackson, looking at the prescription drugs she could not obtain before enrolling in Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, in the summer of 2017.
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The new rules Kentucky and other states want to impose could leave millions of Americans who benefit from this safety net program uninsured – and resorting to the emergency room for their health care.
Sen. Chuck Grassley recently seemed to suggest some poor people spend all their money on “booze or women or movies.”
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As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
Despite the stereotypes, most obese Americans aren’t poor.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The notion that obesity mostly afflicts the poor is a misconception.
Libraries are a good place for kids to hole up during emergencies.
With a little advance planning and creativity, librarians can help keep kids and teens busy and safe during emergencies.
Losing welfare benefits when they’re between jobs can plunge nursing home aides into extreme economic hardship.
Only very low-income Americans who are working or looking for work are eligible for federal, time-limited welfare dollars. This restriction doesn't always help them get back on their feet.
When President Bill Cllinton officially ended welfare as we knew it, he was flanked by women who had received Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Relatively few low-income Americans are getting welfare payments these days.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted -- and why Trump wants new cuts.
SNAP helps millions of Americans get food on their tables.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy. As research indicates that it's working well, this drive to defund is baffling experts.
The Trump administration wants to shrink the safety net.
The best way to assess a program's effectiveness is see how well it meets the goals for which it was created. Maybe someone could tell the Trump administration.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.
Recent surveys show many Australians have not filled a prescription because of cost.
Robert S. Donovan
A growing number of people globally live with chronic illness. By the time they reach 65, most Australians have at least one chronic condition and 80% have three or more. Pharmaceutical treatment is often…