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Census undercount threatens federal food and health programs on reservations

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates.... Read more»

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Biden inks deal to supply low-income homes with free internet

The White House announced a partnership Monday with 20 internet providers to bring high-speed plans to low-income customers who qualify for federal assistance, a population numbering in the tens of millions. ... Read more»

Fixes in works after tribal housing and food benefits cut

Under federal and tribal policies, benefits such as housing subsidies and food assistance are cut even for people earning poverty wages - but several programs are now operating or are being developed to address some of the underlying issues.... Read more»

Homeless camping bans are spreading. This group shaped the bills.

As homeless camps have become increasingly visible, states and cities are attempting multiple solutions to help the homeless - but an increasing number of states are pushing the Cicero Institute’s model bill, the “Reducing Street Homelessness Act.”... Read more»

Report shows several Arizona counties with high poverty and COVID death rates

Six Arizona counties ended up as part of a report that showcased the top 300 counties nationwide with high poverty and COVID-19 death rates, with Apache County landing at No. 17.... Read more»

Paper: Justice fines and fees violate Constitution

The use of fines and fees to generate revenue for local justice systems constitutes a “predatory” relationship between law enforcement and citizens that violates the due process protections of the Constitution, according to a Tennessee Law Review paper.... Read more»

Southwestern states make changes to welfare after ProPublica investigations

Across the Southwest, states are reconsidering how they approach welfare, with several legislatures enacting or considering new laws to ensure that more assistance is made available to low-income families struggling to afford rent, child care, groceries and diapers. ... Read more»

Q&A: How Arizona's PRJKT RUBY gets contraceptives to women in need in the U.S. and developing countries

Seven years ago, inspired by his daughters, Arizonan Peter Ax created a discreet and easy way to get birth control to women in need in the U.S. and donate money toward improving reproductive care in the developing world. ... Read more»

From Alabama to Utah, efforts to vaccinate Medicaid enrollees against COVID run into obstacles

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against COVID at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states.... Read more»

Bill banning most abortions after 15 weeks passes Arizona Senate, heads to the House

A bill banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation, except in cases of medical emergency with makes exceptions for rape or incest, passed the Arizona Senate on a party-line vote and been sent to the House of Representatives. ... Read more»

Arizona, GCU partner on scholarship program for foster children

Foster children in Arizona who graduate high school and want to attend Grand Canyon University will be able to do so free of charge under a new program the school is offering, with the state helping to pick up the tab. ... Read more»

Welfare is no substitute for a child tax credit

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program - touted by members of Congress as a highly effective cash assistance program for low-income parents and kids - is a program distinguished by failure and no substitute for a monthly federal stipend for families with children.... Read more»

La economía de Arizona cerca a los estándares previos a la pandemia

A medida que se acerca el segundo aniversario de la pandemia de COVID-19, los analistas dicen que la economía de los EE. UU. ha vuelto casi por completo a la normalidad y que la economía de Arizona está operando al 97 % de lo que era en marzo de 2020.... Read more»

Otra amenaza a la educación en la era de COVID: jubilación masiva de maestros latinos

Una oleada de docentes está dejando la profesión, especialmente evidente entre aquellos con antecedentes de minorías, y en medio de la mezcla tóxica de muerte, enfermedad e interrupción del aula de la pandemia, estas salidas han creado otra tensión para los estudiantes.... Read more»

Exits by Black and Hispanic teachers pose a new threat to COVID-era education

A nationwide surge of teachers are leaving the profession — especially evident among members of the profession with minority backgrounds - and amid the pandemic’s toxic brew of death, illness, and classroom disruption, these departures have created another strain for students.... Read more»

'They shouldn’t be afraid': Non-profit provides relief for COVID-positive Navajo & Hopi families

The Direct Relief Program - operated by the Navajo & Hopi COVID-19 Relief Fund - is available to those living on the Navajo and Hopi Nations who are currently sick with COVID-19 and are isolated or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID and are currently quarantining.... Read more»

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