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Off the Charts will take a break over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday.  This week on Off the Charts, we focused on poverty, income inequality, safety net programs, and housing policy.

  • On poverty, Arloc Sherman highlighted new figures showing that most poor children live in households facing major hardships.
  • On income inequality, Vincent Palacios listed four ways that states can counter growing inequality and Liz McNichol corrected a misconception about one of them.
  • On safety net programs, Dottie Rosenbaum explained why costs for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) have risen and debunked the claim that large numbers of high-income people are taking advantage of the program.
  • On housing policy, Will Fischer noted that the number of low-income families struggling to afford housing has grown dramatically in recent years.

In other news, we updated our backgrounders on SNAP and the number of weeks of unemployment benefits available in each state.