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What it takes to make ends meet in each North Carolina county

The 2022 Living Income Standard soars to new heights When COVID-19 arrived, few (if any) pundits predicted inflation would become one of the most fretted-over issues in 2022, but here we are. Supply chain disruptions, pent-up demand, war in Ukraine, and myriad other factors have made it harder and harder for many working families to make ends meet.

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The Status of Women in North Carolina: Poverty and Opportunity – with NCDOA Sec. Pam Cashwell and Director Danielle Carman

Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Administration, Pam Cashwell, and the Executive Director of the state’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, Danielle Carman, discuss the newly released report: “The Status of Women in North Carolina: Poverty and Opportunity.”

 

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Legal Aid of North Carolina executive director George Hausen


For over four decades now, advocates at Legal Aid have provided free legal help to low-income North Carolinians in civil cases involving basic human needs like safety, shelter, income and many other issues.Toll-Free Helpline: 1-866-219-LANC

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‘Must read’ report: The persistent and pervasive challenge of child poverty and hunger in North Carolina

Sometimes we get used to things we should never get used to. North Carolina countenances extraordinary levels of child hunger and poverty. For perspective, the United States, tragically, lets more of its citizens, especially its kids, live in wrenching poverty than almost any advanced, democratic nation. The United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has decried the “shockingly high number of children living in poverty in the United States.” The U.S. has, by far, the highest child poverty rate among peer nations.

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A key pandemic lesson: Throwing money at the problem of poverty actually works

If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to suffer...

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New and damning report: Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program

Experts call for feds to adopt anti-racist policy redesign WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years—and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities...

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Poor People’s Campaign goes to Washington to push for ‘Third Reconstruction’ in America

Members of Congress, activists and faith leaders join in call to meet the needs and demands of America’s working poor “This is the real question — what is the cost of inequality?” said Rev. Dr. William Barber during a press conference alongside members of Congress on Thursday in Washington D.C. to unveil a resolution calling for a “Third Reconstruction” to tackle poverty and the effects of low wages across the country.

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‘Must read’ report: The price of poverty in North Carolina’s juvenile justice system

A new 'must read' report from authors Gene Nichol and Heather Hunt of the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund at the UNC School of Law provides a powerful and damning examination of the ways in which poverty has become, in the words of one knowledgeable attorney, "the foundational principle of what's going on" in North Carolina's juvenile justice system.

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Stunning statistic shows how North Carolina is a national leader…in cruelty toward families in need

North Carolina legislators have provoked a lot of head-scratcher moments in recent years, but here’s one that has to be near the top of the list. Last week, state senators of both parties advanced a bill out of the Senate Health Care Committee that would allow parents on Medicaid, who temporarily lose custody of their kids, to keep their coverage so they can more easily get drug or mental health treatment. This makes obvious sense for numerous reasons.

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Hungry, with no end in sight

Sylvia Cameron skips more meals each week than she wants to recall. The 51-year-old Orange County woman makes half-hearted jokes about the missed ...
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