Tag: Fact of the Week

Fact of the Week: 12 facts about the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill

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September 21, 2017

Editor’s note: The following piece was originally published on Families USA’s blog on Sept. 19. For more information and analysis on the horrible ACA repeal bill that the Senate is expected to vote on as early as Sept. 27, see the resources listed at the end of this post. Please take action today: call your senators Read More »

Fact of the Week: 15.6 million American households were food insecure in 2016

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September 6, 2017

An estimated 15.6 million American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2016, meaning they were not always able to provide enough food for all household members. This is the finding of the USDA’s annual report on food security in the U.S., released earlier today. The proportion of households who were Read More »

Fact of the Week: House budget would cut programs for low- and middle-income people by more than one-third in 10 years

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August 11, 2017

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the 2018 House GOP budget proposal would cut programs serving low- and moderate-income people by 36 percent in 2027 alone. In total, the budget blueprint would slash these programs by $2.9 trillion over a decade. The proposal, which has already been approved Read More »

Fact of the Week: Three-Fifths of cuts in Trump budget come from programs for low- and moderate-income people

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June 7, 2017

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that roughly three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget come from programs assisting low- and moderate-income people. These programs, which help individuals and families, seniors, and children, account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and Read More »

Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »

Fact of the Week: Only 35 affordable and available rental units exist for every 100 Extremely Low Income renter households

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April 6, 2017

Despite the fact that the number of individuals living below the poverty line decreased during 2015, millions are still struggling to get by. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s recent report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, “household income for the poorest 10% of households remains 6% lower today than in 2006, Read More »

Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at 17-Year Low

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February 28, 2017

The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 17-year low, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of the families who Read More »

Fact of the Week: Three in four extremely low income renters spend more than 50 percent of income on rent

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October 20, 2016

Housing costs eat up an exorbitant amount of low-income families’ budgets. A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that three-quarters of extremely low income (ELI) renter households, defined as earning no more than 30 percent of their area’s median income or the federal poverty guideline, whichever is higher, spend more Read More »

Fact of the Week: Vouchers Reduce Homelessness and Housing Instability by 80 Percent

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July 28, 2016

More than 5 million low-income households receive help affording homes through federal rental assistance. That’s why a new chart book from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that shows us some of the important facts about rental assistance is so useful. The chart book includes information on who is helped, how rental assistance reduces Read More »

Fact of the Week: 1 in 6 Households Struggled with Food Hardship in 2015

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July 7, 2016

Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food for you or your family? Gallup put this question to nearly 118,000 households throughout the United States in 2015 as part of an annual survey aimed at measuring food hardship in our country. The result? 1 Read More »