An alternative approach to measuring poverty detected a decline in 2021, amid a surge in government support for low-income families.
It’s getting much harder in the US to find an affordable home, even for people who work multiple jobs.
The most affordable homes face the highest risks from disasters for three key reasons.
Millions of Americans struggle to pay their bills each month, despite earning wages well above the federal poverty line and holding multiple jobs.
Congregations can help bridge gaps left by government programs, especially for many immigrants and others who are not eligible for SNAP benefits.
Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.
The latest figures offer new evidence that a K-shaped recovery is following the coronavirus recession – which hit the lowest-paid workers the hardest.
While the food insecurity rate held steady in 2020, the racial hunger gap increased.
Early estimates US poverty rate estimates indicate that policies intended to soften the blow of economic upheaval made a big difference.
Employment and wages soared in the latest labor report, but that’s small comfort for the many workers with a job that doesn’t pay a living wage.
Expanding free lunch programs could also reduce stigma for students, lower administrative burdens for schools and create jobs for communities.
Newer measures of poverty may do a better job of counting America’s poor, which is necessary to helping them.
Even when the economy is strong, these young adults face economic hardship.
A team of experts are projecting that after a steep increase in 2020, food insecurity rates will dip in 2021. But behind this is a racial gap – rates for Black Americans will remain stubbornly high.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a campaign promise by Joe Biden. What do we know about the effectiveness and limitations of this measure?
Stunned by the health crisis, the United States is marked by a sharp rise in inequality. Between the beginning and the end of his mandate, Donald Trump will indeed have seen the country become poorer.
In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
Social distancing has made giving to the poor – an obligation under Islam – harder this Ramadan. Meanwhile Muslim nonprofits are feeling the strain of the economic downturn.
The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.
Just as America’s highways, sewage systems and water pipes need fixing, so does the growing gap between rich and poor. Trump and the Democrats could use that money to address both.