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A Franklin County pilot program will work across local government agencies to help boys and young men of color better access family services. 

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As the coronavirus spreads, people are being urged to prepare by stocking up on food and supplies, checking to see if they can work from home if schools and workplaces are shut down, and staying home if they’re sick.

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A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. 

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres laid out a sobering view of the current state of the world Tuesday, saying that "a wind of madness is sweeping the globe" as instability erupts into unpredictable and violent conflicts. The problems are made even worse, he said, by faltering economic situations and countries that disrespect U.N. Security Council resolutions "before the ink is dry."

The Ohio Attorney General's office has approved a summary of the proposed fall statewide ballot issue backed by a coalition of unions and community groups to raise Ohio’s minimum wage by nearly 50 percent to 13-dollars an hour by 2025. 

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The White House is proceeding with a rule that will make it harder for Ohioans in low-income counties to get food stamp benefits. 

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The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for some food stamp recipients, a change that is expected to eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 688,000 adults.

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A new report from Georgetown University shows the number of uninsured Ohio children rose by 28 percent from 2016 to 2018. 

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A trio of researchers from Cambridge, Mass., has been awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics for their work in addressing global poverty.

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo — a husband and wife team from MIT — share the prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard.

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An annual survey by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network finds 81 Ohioans died in 60 domestic violence confrontations during the 12-month period ending June 30, including 53 victims and 28 perpetrators. 

The U.S. poverty rate declined slightly last year, but finally fell below the 2007 level, right before the Great Recession pushed millions of Americans out of work and into financial distress.

The improving economy was a key factor in the decline. The U.S. Census Bureau noted in its annual report on income and poverty that there were 2.3 million more full-time, year-round workers last year and that median earnings for all such workers rose by more than three percent.

Tucked into the 2017 law intended to cut Americans' taxes was a program aimed at helping communities struggling with high unemployment and run-down housing.

What's not clear is who's actually getting the most assistance from it.

The program allows investors to defer and potentially lower their capital gains taxes in exchange for investing in designated low-income neighborhoods.

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The latest report on child well-being by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Ohio 27th in the nation overall, down from 25th last year, but notes racial and ethnic disparities persist. 

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A coalition of groups that advocate for low-income Ohioans says they’re seeing a slight decrease in the poverty level and unemployment remains low.

Franklin County commissioners have announced a new collaboration to address poverty. 

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The Trump administration is moving forward with a wave of new rules and regulations that would make it more difficult for low-income Americans — especially those in families that include non-citizens — to get government aid. NPR detailed many of the proposals in June, but there have been several developments since then.

The toddler looking up at Dr. Melanie Seifman in her Washington, D.C., exam room seems a little dazed.

It could be because she just woke up from a nap at daycare. It could be that she remembers the shots she got last time, and she knows what's coming.

The little girl is catching up on some vaccines she's behind on: missing doses of the DTaP and polio vaccines. She's over two years old — both of those shots are supposed to happen at a baby's six-month check up.

The Trump administration is considering changing the way the government measures poverty, which has anti-poverty groups worried that many low-income individuals will be pushed off assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Head Start.

The possible change would involve adjusting the poverty line annually using a different inflation measure, one that would result in a slower increase over time.

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Columbus city officials last night outlined a long range strategy to improve the Linden community. 

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Clergy and advocates for the poor converged at the Statehouse Monday for what was called a "die in." 

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school.

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 Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the "Poor People's Campaign." 

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A group that advocates for low-income Ohioans has issued its annual report on poverty in the state.  

A new report shows poverty in Ohio is declining and economic opportunity is rising.

According to the World Bank, if you're living on $1.90 a day or less, you're living in extreme poverty.

The 767 million people in that category have $1.90 a day or less in purchasing power to fulfill their daily needs.

Most of that money goes for food – only it may not be enough to purchase nutritious food or to stave off hunger. Hundreds of millions of the extreme poor are malnourished.

Their housing may be of low quality. And they may not have enough money for school fees (primary education isn't always free) or health-care expenses.

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An Ohio United Way report reveals that 40% of the state’s households lack enough income to afford basic needs. Details of the nearly 300-page analysis were discussed at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club forum. 

A new study by Ohio United Way shows 40 percent of Ohio households are struggling to come up with enough resources to provide basic necessities.

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau data shows median income rose slightly, while poverty rates and the number of people without health insurance in Franklin County and the state declined from 2015 to 2016.

Thoughtwell, previously known as Community Research Partners, unveiled the results of a comprehensive needs assessment for youth in Franklin County at Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum.

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A new report by the Children's Defense Fund of Ohio shows little improvement for low-income Appalachian children.

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