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Families Limited Options Gnawing Social Crisis

July 7, 2015


Colorado News Roundup
July 7, 2015
More than 150,000 U.S. families are homeless each year. The number has been going down, in part because of a program known as rapid rehousing, which quickly moves families out of shelters and into homes. But new research by the Obama administration finds that for many families, rapid rehousing is only a temporary fix. HUD has found that families that get rapid rehousing are just as likely later on to face the same housing problems as families that stay in shelters: Many of them end up returning to a homeless shelter, doubling up with family and friends or moving from place to place.
Poor Americans are much more likely to face mental health problems than rich ones. Data from a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that 8.7 percent of people living in poverty exhibited signs of “serious psychological distress” when polled from 2009 to 2013. But only 1.2 percent of people with incomes of four times the federal poverty level or higher didThere are plenty of reasons poverty would lead to mental health problems.
The mayors of the two biggest cities in Canada’s most right-leaning province are sounding very sympathetic to a guaranteed minimum income. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi signaled support for a variant of the policy known as a “negative income tax,” and expressed a desire for Alberta’s new left-wing finance minister Joe Ceci to explore the idea. His Edmonton counterpart, Don Iveson, said in an interview that his city and Calgary would be well-positioned to run guaranteed income pilot programs, just as two cities in Manitoba did in the 1970s.
Congressional Republicans see a repeal of a tax on medical devices as their best opportunity to chip away at the ACA after the Supreme Court’s recent decision. The House has already voted to repeal the tax, and Senate Republicans are weighing the best timing for a vote to undo the levy, which helps underwrite the health law. With a number of Democrats also opposed to the tax, lawmakers think they may be close to having the votes needed to override the president, or insist the tax be rolled back as part of a grand bargain on spending bills later this year.
When Fabiola Ortiz heard California had granted health coverage to poor children lacking legal immigration status, she felt grateful. Since arriving in the U.S. illegally 12 years ago, she has taken her two youngest children to the doctor only for required school physicals and relied on home remedies for everything else…The coverage under Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, is expected to result in more preventive care and better long-term health for an estimated 170,000 children who have long relied on safety-net clinics and emergency rooms.
The daily Colorado News Roundup is a collection of links to news reports and other resources related to the mission of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. CCLP is a nonprofit which provides an independent voice for poor families through research, analysis, advocacy, education, coalition-building and through legal and administrative action.  Listing does not imply endorsement of the content.

Bob Mook
Communications Director
Colorado Center on Law & Policy
303-573-5669 ext. 311.

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