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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. 

Updated Aug. 27, 2019, 9:55 a.m. ET

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.

Sixteen percent of Ohioans lived in poverty last year, and nearly a third were under the federal poverty line for at least a portion of of 2015.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released figures on the number of Ohioans living in poverty.

A recent analysis of the average amount of money Ohio schools spend per student shows rural and urban districts have to stretch their dollars further than their suburban counterparts. 

Slight Increase In Ohio Poverty

Sep 19, 2013

New U.S. Census Bureau figures show 16.3 percent of Ohioans, or 1.8 million people, were in poverty last year, up one tenth from 2011.

The Children's Defense Fund of Ohio says nearly 27 percent of Franklin County children lived in poverty in 2011, and 34 percent received food stamps.