Urban Institute analyzes reach of social safety net

Feb 6, 2019
A new analysis by the Urban Institute finds that a quarter of Americans living in poverty don’t receive public assistance such as food stamps, subsidized housing, child care or cash benefits.
A sign in a New York City market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps.
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Refunds are looking slimmer this tax season

Jan 29, 2019
Here's what you told us.
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Millions of workers don't do 9 to 5. So where's the child care?

Jan 14, 2019
There's a growing need for round-the-clock child care centers.
Lesely Crawford, owner of ABK Learning and Development Center in Pittsburgh, gives a baby a midnight feeding at her 24/7 child care.
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Confronting a crisis: The hard truths about American retirement

Dec 31, 2018
“We are not primarily here because of too many trips to Starbucks,” author Elizabeth White says.
Elizabeth White and her forthcoming book "55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal."
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World Bank report says more live in poverty than previously thought

Oct 17, 2018
The number of people living below the international poverty line has decreased by about a billion over the past 15 years, according to the World Bank’s annual report on global poverty. But the report concludes the threshold for measuring that — those who make less than $1.90 a day — is inadequate. The report introduces […]

World Bank report says more live in poverty than previously thought

Oct 17, 2018
The number of people living below the international poverty line has decreased by about a billion over the past 15 years, according to the World Bank’s annual report on global poverty. But the report concludes the threshold for measuring that — those who make less than $1.90 a day — is inadequate. The report introduces […]