Child poverty numbers, child care subsidies, wealth gap stories

News briefs. More than a dozen stories by category this week. Children. New Kids Count reports are out. Publications in Michigan, Indiana and Iowa talk about state and county averages for child poverty, birth weight, child abuse and mental health. Winter weather. PBS tackles a series about low-income Americans facing cold weather, including fuel insecurity and how local agencies use subsidies to provide utility assistance. Health. Despite […]

Winter weather hits homeless, housing budget webinar, Social Security inequality

News briefs. Sunday marked the deadline for health insurance open enrollment, and tens of thousands made last-minute visits to HealthCare.gov. Senate Democrats are pushing for extra time for consumers to sign up. Health. The different politics of Medicaid expansion are now playing out state by state.Housing. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced $300 million in grants available […]

Jobs numbers, Census Bureau call, economic development “how to”

News briefs. Friday’s jobs numbers announcement by the Bureau of Labor Statistics spurred stories across the country about job growth and unemployment. But despite recovery, poverty persists in cities such as Sacramento. Remember last week’s “how-to” on financial services? Check out this great story about the industry that charges low-income Americans to fix credit errors they could […]