Ten states to seek work requirements for Medicaid recipients

Jan 11, 2018
The Trump administration is offering states a path to impose new work requirements for some people who get health insurance under Medicaid, the program that serves 68 million primarily low-income, elderly and disabled Americans. This is a historic shift. Never…

It's a long wait for Section 8 housing in U.S. cities

Jan 3, 2018
In Los Angeles, it can take 10 years to get a voucher — if you're lucky.
In Los Angeles, 188,000 people applied for 20,000 spots in the housing voucher waiting line.
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A tale of two minimum wages

Jun 30, 2017
Young women in Louisiana and Los Angeles talk about getting by in the bottom tax brackets.
Protesters gathered at a rally for minimum wage in New York City. 
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Will tax reform upend market for low-income housing?

Mar 29, 2017
Cutting corporate taxes affects the market for affordable housing tax credits
The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program has helped investors lower the cost of rent, but President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to cut corporate taxes is already affecting the market for low-income credits.
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Milwaukee restaurants hope to feed low-income people with 'pay what you can' model

Feb 15, 2017
Customers can eat for free if they can't afford to pay, or pay a little extra to help others.
The Tricklebee Café in Milwaukee asks restaurant patrons to "pay what you can."
Latoya Dennis

New Jersey eliminates cash bail for people accused of some crimes

Jan 9, 2017
A study in 2013 found that nearly 40 percent of people in New Jersey jails were only there because they could not afford to pay their bail.
A police station in Newark, New Jersey.
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In Charlotte, it's especially tough to climb the economic ladder

Dec 21, 2016
Research shows low-income children in NC have just a four percent chance of rising to the top
Voters outside a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flooding hits a handful of crucial businesses in one small North Carolina town

Oct 21, 2016
In rural communities, a grocery or restaurant can be a lifeline, especially for low income people who have limited transportation options.
A small commercial district on the edge of downtown Grifton at the peak of the floods in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Residents depend on shops there, especially those who don't have an easy way to get to other stores in nearby towns. 
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Billions in aid for low-income seniors go unclaimed

May 5, 2016
A campaign is trying to connect low-income seniors with government aid.
Many seniors don’t realize how many benefits they're eligible for.