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What does Trump's order on student loans actually mean for borrowers?

Aug 13, 2020
The president over the weekend signed a memorandum extending the current payment pause and interest waiver for most federal student loans through the end of the year.
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Risk of deepening hunger crisis as SNAP exemption expires

Aug 11, 2020
When the pandemic began, the federal government made it easier for states to approve people for SNAP, but that flexibility is ending this month, raising concerns that more people will go hungry.
There is likely to be another big spike in SNAP enrollment now that Washington has let federal unemployment benefits expire.
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Can I file a backdated unemployment claim?

Jul 31, 2020
If you’ve struggled to get through to the unemployment office, you should still be able to file and get weeks or months of back pay.
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Months into pandemic, many still not getting unemployment

Jul 29, 2020
Some who have lost jobs because of COVID still have not filed for unemployment benefits, even though they’re eligible.
For every 10 people who successfully filed for unemployment benefits, an April study found that three or four were unable to get through, and two didn’t even try because it was too difficult.
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Need for food stamps surges with pandemic

Jul 27, 2020
More than six million people signed up for food stamps in just three months, more than in the first 17 months of the Great Recession.
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Rent relief funds quickly overwhelmed by need

Jul 22, 2020
In Los Angeles, more than 220,000 people applied to the city’s rent relief fund, but there is only enough money to help 50,000 people.
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With tips down, some restaurants have raised wages for servers. Will it last?

Jul 13, 2020
“A lot of workers are saying no, I refuse to go back and put my health at risk and my family's health at risk for $2, $3 or $4 an hour.”
With business slow at most restaurants, some are raising wages to incentivize staff to come back.
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CFPB rolls back restrictions on payday lenders

Jul 9, 2020
Lenders will not have to verify whether borrowers have the ability to pay back high-interest loans
About 12 million Americans take out payday loans every year, mostly to cover necessities like rent or utilities.
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