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Long-Haul COVID Prompts Calls for New Disability Investments

This report accounts for the value of SNAP in helping low-income individuals and families acquire food, particularly during times of economic hardship. Yet it also recognizes that SNAP’s potential has never been limited to food assistance.

According to new research from UC Davis, teens who have lived in poverty experience physical signs of stress at higher levels than those in more economically secure families.

Every year, 23,000 children age out of the foster care system, left to face adult life without the support of a family. This program would provide financial support to foster children if they remain in the system to receive guidance on education, job training, housing, and financial literacy. Episode with Tim Keller, Senior Vice President and Legal Director at Gen Justice. 8/18/21

In this Spotlight Exclusive, Sharon Dolovich, a professor of law at UCLA and founder of the COVID Behind Bars Data Project, discusses the data the project has collected so far and how it will continue to be useful in the future. Dolovich says the project started organically as academics and advocates such as herself began tracking changes in the prison system due to COVID.

The Biden administration has approved updates to the program known as SNAP, giving families who currently receive food stamps the largest single increase in benefits to date. Read what the historic increase in food stamp benefits could mean for you.

The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October 2021, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels.

A report is based on findings collected from the survey conducted last fall, full of recommendations for ways to improve TANF. They believe this report will be a powerful advocacy tool for shaping future policy.

In this Spotlight Exclusive, Angela Rachidi, senior fellow and Rowe scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, speaks with Spotlight about her recent research into paid leave usage during the pandemic and the climate for bipartisan compromise on paid leave policy on Capitol Hill. Rachidi says that survey results indicate an increased need for leave during the pandemic, and while a system was put in place to rise to meet the need, there is still room to improve access for some workers.

The Chance That Two People Chosen at Random Are of Different Race or Ethnicity Groups Has Increased Since 2010. These demographic changes as well as improvements to the ways in which race and ethnicity data are collected and processed reveal the U.S. population is more racially and ethnically diverse than measured in 2010. The most prevalent racial or ethnic group for the United States was the White alone non-Hispanic population at 57.8%. This decreased from 63.7% in 2010.

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