Category Archives: News Coverage of Poverty

New Blog Post: Segregated in the Heartland

New Blog Post: Daniel C. Vock, J. Brian Charles, & Mike Maciag, Segregated in the Heartland, Governing (Jan. 23, 2019).

Governing produced a series of articles on segregation in heartland USA.  Articles include:

Houses Divided: How States and Cities Reinforce Segregation in America

Still Separate After All These Years: How Schools Fuel White Flight

Broken Homes: How Housing Policies Keep White Neighborhoods So White (and Black Neighborhoods So Black)

Black, White & Blue: How Police and Anti-Crime Measures Reinforce Segregation

 

 

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New Blog Post: Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills

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1970 – 1985 – 2000 – 2016

Color Scale: No data – 3% – 15% – 22% – 28% – 36% – 61%

New Blog Post: Eduardo Porter, Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills, NYTimes.com, Dec. 21, 2018.

Federal assistance has grown all over the U.S., but particularly in Appalachia and the South, where many people now get more than a third of their income from the government.

New Report: The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy

New Report: Eduardo Porter, The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy, NYTimes.com, Dec. 14, 2018.

News Coverage of Poverty: Shutdown’s Pain Cuts Deep for the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Americans

News Coverage of Poverty: Glenn Thrush, Shutdown’s Pain Cuts Deep for the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Americans, NYTimes.com, Jan. 21, 2019.

News Coverage of Poverty: Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area

housing in seattle areaNews Coverage of Poverty: Karen Weise, Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area, NYTimes.com, Jan. 16, 2019.

A government report in December found that the Seattle region needs 156,000 more affordable housing units, and will need 88,000 more by 2040 if the region’s growth continues.

News Coverage of Poverty: Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country

isfoodstillarrivingNews Coverage of Poverty: Bruce Smith & Julie Turkewitz, Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country, NYTimes.com, Jan. 1, 2019.

 

The Chippewa Indian food distribution site in Sault Ste. Marie. Tribal leaders expressed uncertainty this week about whether deliveries of fresh food would continue arriving.

News Coverage of Poverty: The Shutdown’s Next Victims Are America’s Poorest Families

News Coverage of Poverty: Peter Wade, The Shutdown’s Next Victims Are America’s Poorest Families, RollingStone, Jan. 6, 2019.

Food stamps, housing assistance, and tax refunds are all at risk.

New Blog Post: How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor

BillsPilingUp.jpgNew Blog Post: Matthew Shaer, How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor, NYTimes.com, Jan. 8, 2019.

 

 

In many parts of America, like Corinth, Mississippi, judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time.

Jamie Tillman in Corinth, Miss. “I thought, Because we’re poor, because we’re of a lower class, we aren’t allowed real freedom.”

News Coverage: HUD Tallied Numerous Violations in New York City Public Housing. It Still Gave Passing Grades

News Coverage: Molly Parker, HUD Tallied Numerous Violations in New York City Public Housing. It Still Gave Passing Grades, ProPublica, Nov. 21, 2018.

News Coverage: How Corporate Tax Incentives Rob Public School Budgets

News Coverage: Sarah Holder, How Corporate Tax Incentives Rob Public School Budgets, CityLab.com, Dec. 11, 2018.

A new Good Jobs First study shows that corporate tax incentives—like those given for Amazon HQ2—have diverted at least $1.8 billion from public schools.