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Conn.’s income growth lags behind N.Y., N.J., Census data shows

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

Yesterday's U.S. Census Report shows 'Connecticut, among the most unequal states in the nation, was again near the top of the list in 2017 with a so-called Gini income coefficient of 0.49. A 1.0 Gini score represents a society in which one person takes in all income, a 0.0 shows a society in which the income is spread evenly among all members.

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More families face food hardships

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

After several years of decline, the number of American households struggling to afford food for themselves and their families increased in 2017. According to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center, 15.7 percent of households faced food hardship in 2017, an increase from 15.1 in 2016. Until now, the rate had been declining since 2013, when it was 18.9 percent. Despite a low unemployment rate and economic growth in the U.S., Jim Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center said people are still getting left behind and struggling to feed themselves and their loved ones.

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This is the most dangerous time in decades to be an American living in poverty

cafca | March 20, 2018 |

In recent months, the speed and force with which the Trump administration and conservative lawmakers have moved to make the lives of people with low incomes harder has been stunning and disorienting. To name a few damaging policy initiatives: a proposal to punish immigrants for participating in programs like Head Start; closing a Department of Justice office that was created to make legal aid more accessible; repealing guidance to judges that suggested they consider an individual’s ability to pay a fine before allowing her to languish in jail; imposing work requirements and time limitson people who need assistance with health care,housing, or food.

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CEA: Number of Connecticut millionaires is growing

CAFCA | February 21, 2018 |

In his State of the Union address, President Trump said “there has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” But the new 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard and its accompanying report says that isn’t so for low-income Americans.

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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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