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ACS Poverty Data Shows Increase in Household Income, Decrease in PovertyOctober 3, 2016
Earlier this month, the US Census Bureau released the collected data from their
American Community Survey
(ACS). The ACS results present yearly data on poverty & wage earnings in the United States, as well as localized information for cities and metro areas.
This year, the ACS data reports that for 2015, across the board, household incomes increased and poverty decreased—the most promising report since the Great Recession of 2008. Unfortunately, the poverty level has yet to drop to pre-…
Learn More » SNAP Time-Limit Waiver Renewal in Question, Could Impact 200,000 ResidentsSeptember 6, 2016
This December, Illinois’ SNAP time limit waiver will expire, and if the governor’s office does not apply for renewal, 200,000 Illinois residents could lose their SNAP benefits, and the state could lose $330 million in federal funding.
What’s the SNAP time limit? And what’s this waiver?
, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal program that helps very low-income individuals and families to buy the food they need. The amount of assistance received depends o…
Learn More » Chicago Urban League Releases Blueprint for an Equitable ChicagoAugust 23, 2016
Earlier this month, the Chicago Urban League released a
for their work towards racial equity in Chicago. The blueprint outlines an ambitious strategic plan that stands on three pillars—education, employment, and economic development. Ultimately, the Urban League’s goal is to deconstruct “structural racism and create more equitable educational, employment and economic systems for African Americans.”
While each pillar of the Urban League’s blueprint has a distinct set of…
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