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4 in 10 Children Live in a Household Struggling to Afford Basics

October 21, 2020

The figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package.

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Children Facing Very High Hardship Rates

August 6, 2020

Some 19 million children (more than 1 in 4) live in a household that is behind on rent or mortgage payments, isn’t getting enough to eat, or both, we estimate based on Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data from late June and July. Coming on top of extensive data showing severe,...

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Rising Hardship Reveals Need for Relief Now

July 31, 2020

With new weekly data revealing several troubling trends, including increases in the already significant number of people struggling to buy food and pay rent, policymakers must act now to prevent further hardship.

Over the last four weeks:

  • Some 5.6 million more adults reported that their household didn
  • ...
Children Facing Significant Hardship, With Wide Racial and Ethnic Gaps

Work Requirements for Cash Assistance Fueled Rise in Deep Poverty

November 13, 2018

Promoting the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program as a model, some state and federal policymakers are considering, or have imposed, policies to take away SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, or housing assistance from people who don’t work or engage in work-related activities for a specified number of hours each month. But, as our...

1990s Pilot Programs with Work Requirements Raised Deep Poverty

Census: Programs Eyed for Cuts Keep Millions from Poverty

September 12, 2018

Economic security programs like SNAP (food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Social Security kept millions of people above the poverty line in 2017, the new Census figures show. President Trump and the House Budget Committee have called for deep cuts in several of the programs that, the data...

Federal Low-Income Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Census Chief Scientist: Citizenship Question Reduces Accuracy, Raises Costs

June 12, 2018

As I noted in March, the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census will likely make the count less accurate and costlier.  A newly released internal memo shows...

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Canadian-Style Child Benefit Would Cut U.S. Child Poverty by More Than Half

May 24, 2018

May 29, 2018: We’ve updated the cost of the proposal in this post.

Lawmakers need not look far to find ways to help struggling families with children raise their living standards.  Canada recently adopted the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), a dramatic...

Canadian-Style Child Benefit Would Be a Major Improvement for Low- and Middle-Income Families

Citizenship Question Jeopardizes Census Accuracy, Undermines Funding Progress

March 29, 2018

The Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census will not only reduce responses by immigrants and thereby make the count less accurate, experts say, but it also could trigger new costs that offset part of the added census funding that the President and Congress just provided....

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Underfunding the 2020 Census Would Likely Harm a Diverse Range of Communities, Including Many in Rural America

March 1, 2018

President Trump’s latest requests for 2018 and 2019 Census Bureau funding are too low to ensure an accurate 2020 census, as I wrote recently. One point deserves further attention: an underfunded, poorly executed census could hurt a diverse range of communities, leaving them...

High Risk of Census Undercount for People of Color, White Rural Renters

After Budget Deal, Policymakers Should Boost 2018 Funding for the 2020 Census

February 16, 2018

With President Trump and Congress boosting overall non-defense discretionary funding for 2018 and 2019, they now must use some of these funds for the fast-approaching 2020 census. The President’s latest request for 2018 funding for the census moves in the right direction but remains below what outside experts believe is needed to ensure an accurate census count, and it omits funds for...