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Poverty in Unexpected Places

CAFCA | November 15, 2016 |

Grinding poverty in the United States has long been synonymous with the Deep South, where low wages, poor health and diminished opportunity are more pervasive than in other parts of the country.

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Heating assistance program

CAFCA | November 15, 2016 |

Colder weather is here and with it the need for reliable, affordable heat, but there are some in Central Connecticut who may be unable to pay their heating bills this winter.

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A cruel irony: Connecticut is wealthier, but no better off

CAFCA | October 13, 2016 |

Cruel irony lies at the core of our current economic conditions. We have never been wealthier, more productive, or more efficient, yet, for many, the odds of obtaining meaningful employment, economic security, quality education, and adequate healthcare grow ever longer.

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The countless ways poverty affects people's health

CAFCA | May 03, 2016 |

Poverty's harsh effects on health start before babies are born and pile up throughout their adult lives. With stressed-filled homes, shaky nutrition, toxic environments and health-care gaps of every kind, kids in very low-income families may never catch up when it comes to their health. Below, experts spell out the strong link between poverty and illness and discuss efforts to lift people to better health.

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American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor

CAFCA | April 05, 2016 |

From the first federal social welfare program for Civil War widows to Social Security and the 1960s War on Poverty, government support for poor families in the United States has attempted to enforce a moral hierarchy based on marriage: Widows got pensions they were considered to have earned, for example, while single mothers got shame and stigma for their moral misdeeds.

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UW-Madison study: Severe poverty affects brain size

CAFCA | September 15, 2015 |

A six-year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added to the mounting evidence that growing up in severe poverty affects how children’s brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage.

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CT rated 4th in fighting child poverty

CAFCA | August 18, 2015 |

WalletHub, the personal financial social network, has rated Connecticut fourth nationally in battling child poverty, according to a new study. New Hampshire is rated first and Mississippi is 50th in the assessment, which rated the states on a variety of demographics, from death rates to food insecurity and incidents of maltreatment.

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Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

The longest sustained funding crunch in the history of legal aid is about to cost Connecticut’s poor their long-serving lobbyist at the General Assembly: Raphael L. "Rafie" Podolsky, a Yale-educated lawyer who took them as a client 40 years ago, is getting a pink slip.

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Connecticut's Disappearing Middle Class

CAFCA | November 19, 2014 |

This is one of the best times of the year to walk through one of the Connecticut's pretty little towns, with the lingering smell of damp leaves and fair-trade coffee hanging in the chilled air. There is so much beauty in this state, so many communities that still hold their New England charm. But it is amazing how fast you can go from charming to blighted, from rich to poor, in just a few short miles. We are all crowded so close together in this densely populated state, yet we are also so segregated.

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Connecticut's Poverty Rate Remains Stubbornly High

CAFCA | October 02, 2014 |

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" was five months ago, but it wasn't until last week that the U.S. Census released data confirming little progress has been made. While the report does not address how various anti-poverty programs have helped individuals and families over the years, it does provide an analysis of the rate of poverty overall.

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