Social Security makes it more likely the elderly have enough food.
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Higher Social Security benefits can significantly reduce the odds of an older person’s being food insecure.
The official child poverty rate is about the same today as in 1967.
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An alternative approach to measuring poverty detected a decline in 2021, amid a surge in government support for low-income families.
Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children.
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Despite a series of federal measures requiring greater efforts to preserve family unity, many policies make life harder for people swept up in the system.
Family stability can benefit a whole household.
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When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
About 30 million students eat school lunches daily.
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A food policy expert explains how school lunches changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s wrong with going back to the normal system now.
Millions of low-income Americans have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
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Social scientists determined that body mass index growth declined for children of low-income parents in states that had expanded their Medicaid programs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly supported the 2021 expansion of the child tax credit.
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Proponents of using the child tax credit to alleviate poverty need to reach an agreement with those who insist that it must encourage low-income parents to work.
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
Buying enough groceries with government benefits is getting easier.
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Long-term increases like this are unusual. So is the fact that this increased governmental generosity began with a measure approved by Congress when Republicans held majorities in both chambers.
About 1 in 9 Americans live below the poverty level.
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The latest figures offer new evidence that a K-shaped recovery is following the coronavirus recession – which hit the lowest-paid workers the hardest.
Food insecurity appears to have grown in 2020 despite the decline in poverty.
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Early estimates US poverty rate estimates indicate that policies intended to soften the blow of economic upheaval made a big difference.
Starting in October 2021, SNAP benefits will be 25% higher than before the pandemic due to a lasting policy change.
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An economist explains what it would cost to give SNAP benefits to all Americans in households earning up to about $100,000 per year – and why it would be worth it.
Tens of millions of American families are getting a monthly allowance from Uncle Sam.
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Experts explain the significance of this new ‘allowance.’
Raising children strains most household budgets.
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Starting in July 2021, most US families will get monthly payments from the IRS of either $250 or $300 per child under 18.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
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Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.
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If the plan is fully phased in as proposed, workers could get up to $4,000 a month for a total of 12 weeks in paid leave to care for a newborn, another loved one or themselves within 10 years.
Keeping kids above the poverty line contributes to their stability in adulthood.
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Many studies conducted in recent years tie lower poverty rates for children to better health and higher pay when they grow up.
Nearly all U.S. families with children will benefit.
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For middle-class and wealthy families, securing government aid tends to be free of hassles. For low-income families, the process is often stigmatizing and the benefits meager.
High-quality day care has always been scarce in the U.S.
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This infusion of funds will help struggling child care providers and support parents who have to exit the workforce to care for their kids.