Here are some of the most notable stories about poverty that were in the news this week.
1. The Boston Globe reports on the devastating impact the sequester is having on public housing.
“Thousands of the state’s poorest residents are losing or being denied federal housing subsidies as a result of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, forcing many to choose between food, rent, medicine — or the streets.
The cuts are pummeling the Section 8 voucher program, which offers assistance to poor individuals and families renting apartments in the open market.”
2. Suburban poverty brings several new challenges for anti-poverty efforts, including transportation. From the Council of State Governments:
“Being away from the bustle of the city was always the point of suburban living but this creates a unique transportation barrier as the poor are now farther away from their jobs and traditional programs which serve them.”
3. As more women join the workforce and become the primary breadwinners for their families, pressure is beginning to mount for improved child care services.
“Demographers say the change is all but irreversible and is likely to bring added attention to child-care policies as well as government safety nets for vulnerable families. Still, the general public is not at all sure that having more working mothers is a good thing.
While roughly 79 percent of Americans reject the notion that women should return to their traditional roles, only 21 percent of those polled said the trend of more mothers of young children working outside the home is a good thing for society, according to the Pew survey.”
4. With all the attention to tax expenditures in the wake of the new CBO report, it’s worth pointing out that the majority of charitable contributions don’t actually go towards the poor, in fact, only around 30 percent of charitable giving is targeted at alleviating poverty.