Trump administration's "public charge" rules go into effect

Feb 24, 2020
Getting food aid or housing assistance could hurt immigrants' chances of getting a green card.
Using programs like food stamps can now hurt a person's chance when they are applying for visas or a change in immigration status.
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Will that extra money in your Social Security check add up to much?

Oct 11, 2018
An estimated 67 million Americans receiving the benefits will see a 2.8 percent cost-of-living boost to their checks.
Blank checks run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 2011. 
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How food banks are reaching high-risk seniors

Oct 11, 2018
The AARP estimates more than 10 million people 50 and older are at risk of going hungry every day in the United States. In Florida, where many baby boomers retire, this food insecurity is compounded by a lack of public…
A volunteer at a food drop at the Church of God in Bithlo passes out fresh bread donated from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Of the 93,000 meals they’ve provided so far this year, 80 percent of the food is considered nutritious.    
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Georgia experiments with food stamp work training program

Aug 13, 2018
But state's training program spends much more per person than the figure Congress might allocate if it decides to pass a SNAP work requirement
A welding student at Goodwill Industries.
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In Erie, social services are a lifeline

Jul 26, 2018
New work requirements may change things for those who receive food and housing assistance in the Pennsylvania city.
Roberta Lubman, 66, regularly eats lunch at the Erie City Mission in downtown Erie. The free daily meal supplements what she receives from SNAP.
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What happens when a state has $15 billion worth of unpaid bills?

Jun 29, 2017
Decisions about who gets paid are 'life and death,' says the Illinois comptroller.
The former Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
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New study finds wide disparities nationally in per-child spending

Apr 26, 2017
Education, health and social services can be impacted by where children live.

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In pockets where poverty is growing, doubt about Trump

Nov 29, 2016
The president-elect's agenda offers little detail on programs.
President-elect Donald Trump chats with workers during a tour of Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio back in September.
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What to do when healthcare isn't enough

Apr 3, 2014
Social services are not always in step with medical care.

Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

Mar 15, 2013
A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.

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