Category Archives: Technology

News Coverage: “How Tech Is Helping Poor People Get Government Aid”

News Coverage: Jason DeParle, How Tech Is Helping Poor People Get Government Aid, N.Y. Times, Dec. 8, 2021.

-Thanks to Susan Bennett for the heads up!

Combined Application App for Welfare Benefits

Washington D.C. is launching a combined (app based) application system (District Direct) for welfare benefits that might be of interest for antipoverty folks in other areas as well.

-Thanks to Susan Bennett for the heads up!

New Article: “Tech:” The Curse and The Cure: Why and How Silicon Valley Should Support Economic Security

New Article: Sage Isabella Cammers-Goodwin, “Tech:” The Curse and the Cure: Why and How Silicon Valley Should Support Economic Security, 9 UC Irvine Law Review (July 2019).

In The United States, the law has consistently shown lack of consideration for the poor. Nearly fifty ears ago, the United States Supreme Court held that claims brought by poor Americans should be evaluated under the lowest level of scrutiny, “rational basis.” At the state level, such interpretations of the law have been unduly harsh. In Chavis v. Lyng, the plaintiff sought special meals from the shelter (required by his medical condition). Frequently, the shelter ran out of food and could not meet the needs of the homeless man. The case involved the withholding of food from a staving, homeless man, barred from receiving food stamps because he slept in a government-funded shelter. Eventually, after various hospitalizations, he suffering from renal failure, malnutrition, and dehydration, starved to death.

New Article: No Home, No Wi-Fi: Pandemic Strain on Poor College Students

New Article: Dan Levin, No Home, No Wi-Fi: Pandemic Strain on Poor College Students, N.Y. Times, Oct. 12 2020.

Trapped between the financial hardships of the pandemic and the technological hurdles of online learning, the millions of low-income college students across America face mounting obstacles in their quests for higher education. Some have simply dropped out, as Ms. Macario did previously, while others are left scrambling to find housing and internet access amid campus closures and job losses.