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Food Stamp Recipients in Some States Would Be Hit Harder than Others by Trump Proposal, Analysis Says

A policy analysis also found that a proposed change to food stamp eligibility rules would affect more people than federal estimates had originally anticipated.

Teaching Caregivers to Also Care for Themselves

A stress-busting course for caregivers offered by a New Jersey county aims to counteract the negative physical and emotional effects that come with providing support for a loved one.

Letting Homeless Students Sleep on Campus—In Their Cars

A bill in the California State Legislature would require community colleges to allow many homeless students to sleep in their cars in campus parking lots.

DNA Evidence Will be Stored for 50 Years Under New State Law

The policy aims to give victims of sexual assault and prosecutors ample time to track down and convict offenders.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

How 10 Cities Are Testing What Works to Increase Economic Mobility

COMMENTARY | City leaders are tapping into data to figure out policies that will improve the prospects of people struggling in communities across the country

Juvenile Justice Reform Sets Us On a Path to End Youth Homelessness

COMMENTARY | In Washington state, thousands of young people are locked up annually for “status offenses” and find themselves homeless when leaving detention. A new law seeks to change that.

This State May Allow Restaurants to Accept Food Stamp Benefits

A bill awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois would give some SNAP recipients the option to use their benefits at restaurants and to purchase hot prepared food at grocery stores.

'Thinking Differently': How One County Teaches First Responders About Autism

The training program in Dutchess County, New York is part of a larger county initiative aimed at improving life for people with special needs.

The City That’s Giving People Money

COMMENTARY | Randomly selected Stockton residents are receiving $500 a month. The experiment might prove that guaranteed income works.

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In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Housing, Medical Care

More than half of middle-income seniors by 2029 will have annual financial resources of $60,000 or less, a new study found.

Lawsuit Pits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Against Michigan’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spotlight on Baltimore pipeline deal … Los Angeles Sheriff putting aside misconduct investigations … Washington state works on debt-collection bills.

How Local Food Banks Can Help Feed Hungry Kids at School

COMMENTARY | It's not just about school meal programs. Organizations can help ensure that students have food after school hours and over the weekend.

Why Engaging Young People Is Vital For City Leaders

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table ... you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations

Declining rates of adolescent pregnancy come with a catch.

One in Eight NYC Students is Homeless by Fifth Grade

New research found that homelessness among students in New York City varied widely depending on geography and ethnicity.

As Need Grows, States Try to Entice New Foster Parents

States are using new campaigns, including online ads, to recruit foster parents.