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A house available for rent on March 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Inflation may be easing — but low-income people are still paying the steepest prices

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Updated May 11, 2022 at 8:37 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Four-dollar gasoline and five-dollar hamburger are putting a squeeze on Tanya Byron’s pocketbook. But it’s the rent that really stings. “It’s pretty depressing,” says the Jacksonville, Fla., travel agent, sitting in the tiny dining room that doubles as her home office. “I make… Read More

Woman and her children circle the Penrose stairs of funding.

The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty. Here’s what else it did

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Blink and you could have missed it. For six months, the United States experimented with an idea that’s new here but is already a backstitch in the social fabric of many wealthy nations: a monthly cash payment to help families cover the costs of raising children. Less than a year in,… Read More

Children draw on top of a canceled check prop during a rally in favor of the child tax credit in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Had Congress renewed the expanded child tax credit at the end of last year, Jen Cousins would have received $1,000 from the government on Jan. 14. She would have used the money to fix the brakes on her family’s only vehicle, a minivan. She would have taken her four kids to… Read More

Paper bags filled with non-perishable food is slid down a table to be handed out at the River of Life Church in Middleport, Ohio

As the pandemic rages on, lines and costs are up at foodbanks across Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — This latest omicron variant has schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati going back to remote learning, workplaces delaying returning to offices – and people continuing to head to foodbanks. Lines are growing at food banks. And with inflation and other issues, so are costs at those food banks. “Supply chains and the availability… Read More

Zach Schiller, Policy Matters Ohio

Advocates for low-income Ohioans say they need more COVID relief money

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Congress recently allocated more than $5 billion in COVID recovery funds to Ohio and more than $2.7 billion of it has been set aside for shoring up the state’s unemployment fund and for safety forces statewide. But advocates for Ohio’s lowest-income citizens say the state should be giving them… Read More

25th Annual Children's Hunger Alliance "Menu of Hope" in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Columbus with keynote speaker Sugar Ray Leonard.

Mike DeWine, Fran DeWine Emphasize Need to Address Child Hunger

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Some of the biggest leaders in public service and in the business world gathered in Columbus for the 25th Annual Children’s Hunger Alliance “Menu of Hope” luncheon aimed at ending food insecurity. The annual event set out to raise $50,000 to help make sure children in Ohio are fed. According to the Children’s Hunger Alliance,… Read More

Kentucky on a map

Census Data Show Some KY Counties Among Nation’s Poorest

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New data from the Census Bureau show eastern Kentucky is still struggling with poverty and lagging far behind national and state averages in terms of income. The Bureau’s latest American Community Survey shows Bell, Harlan and McCreary Counties have some of the lowest median household incomes in the United States. Of counties with 10,000 residents or more,… Read More

Poor People’s Campaign leader Rev. William Barber blocked from the Kentucky capitol on June 4, 2018

Poor People’s Campaign Carries On King, Kennedy Legacies In Ohio Valley

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Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building. The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations. North Carolina… Read More

“Poverty Tour” Brings United Nations Expert To Ohio Valley

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Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur  he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley. “The United… Read More

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Study: One-Third Of West Virginia Children Under Age 6 Live In Poor Households

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A report says one-third of West Virginia schoolchildren under age 6 live in poor households and are at risk of falling significantly behind their classmates’ achievements. The West Virginia KIDS COUNT’s annual report on children’s wellbeing says the vocabularies of children as young as 18 months from low-income families are already several months behind their… Read More