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Public Assistance Is Still Needed by 52 Million Americans

Public Assistance Is Still Needed by 52 Million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — participated in one or more of six poverty assistance programs on average each month in [...]
Poor Families in Ariz. Are Now Limited to 1 Year of BenefitsPHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months. As a result, the Arizona Department of Economic Security will drop at least [...]
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Stereotypes Hurt Finding Solutions to Poverty, Obama SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions. “The truth is more complicated” than the caricatures of liberals as just wanting to throw [...]
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Missouri Now Ranks as a Top State to Limit the Safety NetJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove several thousand families from a welfare program by imposing shorter time limits for people to receive the benefits, overriding a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.  The new law will reduce Missouri’s lifetime limit for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance program [...]
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Kansas Benefit Law for Poor Families Comes Under FireTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas [...]
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Families Come to Terms With Hunger in AmericaTyra Lynn is rolling pie dough at her sister’s, Constance Lee, home in Mountain Home, Idaho. “We’re going to need more flour,” Lynn tells Lee. “I’ve got barely enough flour and I’ve only made one pie crust.” She’s visiting from Portland for Thanksgiving, and she’s taking charge of her sister’s kitchen. Audio Report: Learn About [...]
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1 in 5 Kids Use Food Stamps, Setting a U.S. RecordWASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The [...]
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Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From HungerTwelve years ago, life was hard for Tyra Lynn.  Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet. She was struggling to feed her family and relying on food stamps. She wasn’t alone. In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. [...]
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Hunger Defies Policy in OregonMariann Duffy stands at her kitchen stove with an apron on, sautéing ground beef: “Everything I’m using today, I got from the food pantry.” Duffy’s family of three lives in a trailer in Jordan Valley, a remote, high desert community in Eastern Oregon. Her husband is disabled. So, the family gets by on disability assistance [...]
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Oregon Families Fight Hunger, Finding Help With SNAPThere’s a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warner’s position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage [...]
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