Post-Election race concerns + new nonprofit report & interactive + homeless & food insecurity data

News. Homelessness in the U.S. decreased slightly during the past year. Even so, the count is rising in California, and Section 8 tenants are fleeing Seattle for housing in smaller cities. And cities in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas and Washington are passing laws that make homelessness a crime. Looking at Canada, Toronto continues to hold the title of Child Poverty Capital in the latest report. A new CDC report shows that obesity among low-income toddlers is down, even remaining stable in states such as Mississippi. And as we move toward the end of the year and begin reflecting, let’s think about U.S. Latinos and the economic strides they’ve made.
7 Thanksgiving week updates. For those still in the newsroom:
  • The 2016 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is available. As we dig into the holiday season and readers feel compelled to give, where are they giving and what do those organizations do with that money? It’s important to check. This report details the pay for more than 96,000 groups based on Form 990.
  • What’s going on with nonprofit gains and losses in your community? The Urban Institute has a nifty interactive that may give perspective to your nonprofit-related stories this season.
  • Racial biases affect how people treat the physical spaces where African Americans live, says a new report by the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality. Read more about the findings that explain why freeways, chemical plants and pollutants are often located near black communities.
  • Tied to Election 2016, many voters – especially African American voters – expect race relations to worsen during the next administration, Pew says. Voters are far more pessimistic, and the shift is striking with black voters in particular.
  • Renters are more likely to be food insecure than homeowners, the Census Bureau says. This makes sense, but the numbers surprised me – more than 10 million homes, or 9 percent of the population. As we cover Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays, how can we reflect this in our stories?
  • The majority of children in America live with two parents, the Census Bureau reports. Does this surprise you? New statistics show 69 percent live with two parents and 23 percent live with a single mother, which is the second most common family category. Since 1960, the two-parent stat has dropped from 88 percent and the single-mom stat has tripled. Have you seen this change in your community?
  • The latest Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes have caused an uproar in many communities regarding overtime pay, including mine. Have you seen low-wage workers battle major institutions in your area? For me, it’s staffers at the University of Georgia who are transitioning from monthly to biweekly checks and losing money during the transition. What if we canceled these scheduled changes? The Congressional Budget Office talks about the economic benefits and consequences.
Post-Election thoughts from poverty groups. I think it’s fair to say that our minds are still very much on the election and its aftermath. While putting together this week’s newsletter, I came across a strong statement from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, which I’m copying below. Will we continue to see more of this as we near the January inauguration? What would happen if more groups stepped up for those without a voice or power? They said:
“The divisive racial rhetoric of the recent campaign is deeply concerning to all of us at PRRAC, not just for the license it has given to personal expressions of racism, but also for the hardships it portends for those low income families who rely on federal housing assistance, and who rely on our public schools to provide greater opportunity for their children. Working alongside other national civil rights groups, we intend to hold the new administration accountable to these families, even as more of our work shifts to the state and local level. In the meantime, we appreciate the continuing work of the Obama administration to tie up some loose ends and leave federal housing and education policy in a more stable and sustainable place than where we began eight years ago.”
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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