Nationwide Research

Below are several articles that provide only a glimpse of poverty in our nation.




Poverty is a Policy Choice

Economic Policy Institute
State-level data show pandemic safety net programs prevented a rise in poverty in every state

Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing and Employment Hardships

Special Series: COVID Hardship Watch
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
“The data…drive home the need for substantial, continued relief measures. The extent and severity of continued hardships like hunger, eviction, and homelessness will depend on whether such relief is robust and reaches those in need, as well as the trajectory of the pandemic and the pace of economic recovery. The implications for children in particular are significant: households with children face especially high hardship rates, which research has shown can have serious effects on children’s long-term health and financial security.”




The Pitfalls of HUD’s Point-in-Time Count for Children, Youth, and Families

School House Connection

Young and Homeless in Rural America

New York Times Magazine
Most social services come through the schools – but it can be impossible to get to them

No State Has an Adequate Supply of Affordable Rental Housing for the Lowest Income Renters

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Visit this interactive map to learn “How Much do you Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State”

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Out or Reach – The High Cost of Housing

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Reimagining homelessness assistance for children and families

Journal of Children & Poverty
Barbara Duffield
“The homelessness response system in the United States is dominated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s definition of homelessness, program models, metrics, data, approaches, and goals have overshadowed those of other federal agencies. This policy brief argues that children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness have been poorly served by HUD’s dominance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Rural America is Losing its Affordable Rental Housing

Housing Assistance Council
“A Platform for Preservation: The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) conducted a comprehensive assessment of USDA’s multi-family housing investments. This multi-faceted review of USDA’s multi-family housing portfolio considered not only the property characteristics, but also the tenant and market dynamics in which these properties exist… The ultimate goal of this project is to inform strategies that help preserve this integral housing resource for rural communities and residents.”

The New American Homeless 

The New Republic
Brian Goldstone
“Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans.”




Over 60% of low-wage workers still don’t have access to paid sick days on the job

Economic Policy Institute
Elise Gould
The pandemic highlighted vast inequalities in the United States, especially in the U.S. labor market.

Child Tax Credit expansions were instrumental in reducing poverty rates to historic lows in 2021

Economic Policy Institute
Elise Gould
Government policies enacted in the wake of the pandemic have proven critical for reducing child poverty in the United States.

State of Working America Wages 2019

Economic Policy Institute
Elise Gould
“Rising wage inequality and slow and uneven hourly wage growth for the vast majority of workers have been defining features of the U.S. labor market for the last four decades, despite steady (if too slow) productivity growth. In only 10 of the last 40 years did most workers see any consistent positive wage growth: in the tight labor market of the late 1990s and in the last five years (2014–2019), when the unemployment rate hit its lowest point in 50 years. Despite these gains, wage inequality continues to climb and workers at the middle and bottom of the wage scale are just making up lost ground and continue to struggle to make ends meet rather than get ahead.”