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Eisenberg comments on home repairs in Detroit

Oct 22, 2021 The Detroit Free Press
Home repairs are in high demand in Detroit, highlighted by 4,800 Detroiters applying for a roof repair program. Alexa Eisenberg, doctoral candidate and researcher with Poverty Solutions, weighed in on the issue. "Focusing on roof repairs is...
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Shaefer applauds direct payments to address poverty

Oct 20, 2021 NC Policy Watch
“There’s a question of what we do during severe recessions: What we did [during the pandemic] worked, and it worked better than anything we’ve ever done before,” Luke Shaefer told NC Policy Watch. “… If we ever wondered if the well-being of families...
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Pilkauskas evaluates ways to strengthen the Child Tax Credit

Oct 19, 2021
New Research from Natasha Pilkauskas and Poverty Solutions studied the reach of the Child Tax Credit. Pilkauskas explained to Yahoo! Money that some families might not receive the benefits that they are eligible for, specifically Spanish-speaking...
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Latino Michiganders: Key findings from U-M Poverty Solutions

Oct 15, 2021
ANN ARBOR—As National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture and contributions of Latinos in the U.S., comes to a close, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan highlights key data from its research that relates to Latinos...
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Child tax credit empowers families, says Shaefer

Oct 13, 2021 The New York Times
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has suggested that lawmakers pick just one of the family policies in the safety net spending bill. The New York Times asked Luke Shaefer which one he would choose. "The child tax credit is elegant in that it does...
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Federal unemployment money boosted health care spending

Oct 12, 2021
Emergency federal dollars given to the unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic bolstered health-care spending as jobless rates skyrocketed, a new University of Michigan study found. But the negative consequences of unemployment and moderating...
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Increase in SNAP benefits will combat rising food prices, says Seefeldt

Oct 1, 2021 News Channel 5 Nashville
As food prices continue to rise, an increase in SNAP benefits nationwide will help many low-income families, says Kristin Seefeldt. "We've all heard about and probably felt in our own pocketbooks, the increase in grocery prices. So this will make...
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Shaefer explores effectiveness of expanded Child Tax Credit

Sep 22, 2021 Time
Following the expansion of the Child Tax Credit, millions of families received a boost in income. “What we’re doing so far is not perfect. There are people who are being left out," Luke Shaefer told Time. “I’m just incredibly excited that we have...
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Shaefer attributes low food insecurity to stimulus checks

Sep 10, 2021 The New York Times
New data reveals that food insecurity stayed low during the pandemic stayed at relatively low levels, which Luke Shaefer attributes to expanded government aid.  “We now have definitive evidence that food hardship is responsive to government aid....
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Cooney sees impact of expanded child tax credit

Sep 3, 2021 The Detroit News
The federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits are ending, but the expanded child tax credit plan was rolled out in July. After those first deposits, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a decline in food insecurity. "It’s heartening to see that expanded...
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Study paints grim picture for homeless Detroit students

Aug 24, 2021 Detroit Free Press
A new analysis released by Poverty Solutions paints a grim picture about homeless students in Detroit. It shows that they are more likely to miss school on a regular basis, less likely to graduate, suspended or expelled at higher rates than other...
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Erb-Downward brings awareness to childhood homelessness

Aug 2, 2021 ClickOnDetroit: WDIV Local 4
With the pandemic exacerbating homelessness, Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate at U-M Poverty Solutions, is bringing attention to the problem of homelessness among children. “People tend to think about a single man living on the...
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Shaefer on why Child Tax Credit program will work

Jul 19, 2021 The New York Times
Last week, the first installment of the expanded Child Tax Credit program dropped into bank accounts. Many experts, including Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and inaugural director of Poverty...
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Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit

Jul 18, 2021
The recent flooding in the Detroit area has raised many issues for residents. Homes that were already in need of repairs were damaged even further. Detroiters don't want to move, but restricted government funds for home repairs are making that...
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Shaefer salutes arrival of first expanded child tax credit funds

Jul 13, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
Checks for the recently expanded child tax credit program will be sent out this week. Luke Shaefer, the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, associate dean for research and policy engagement, and director of Poverty...
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Shaefer breaks down impact of expanded Child Tax Credit

Jul 11, 2021 The Detroit News
Government officials are currently trying to spread the word about the recently expanded Child Tax Credit program so that it can reach the maximum number of eligible people. Luke Shaefer, associate dean for research and policy engagement and...
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Cooney breaks down Whitmer's labor force revival plan

Jun 15, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
In order to get more people back into the labor force, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently proposed the idea of paying people who go back to work. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at Poverty Solutions, explained that...