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Report: Pandemic Aid Helped Poverty Fall by 45%, But Gains May Be Just Temporary

HeadlineJul 29, 2021

A major new study by the Urban Institute has found poverty in the United States has temporarily fallen by 45% thanks to government aid programs instituted during the pandemic. Child poverty has dropped by a record 61%. But the gains may be short-lived as the federal government halts stimulus checks, increased food stamps, expanded unemployment and other programs. A federal moratorium on evictions ends on Saturday. Housing activists fear millions of people who owe back rent may soon be at risk of losing their homes. Meanwhile, a lobbyist group for landlords has sued the U.S. government to recover lost rent due to the eviction moratorium.

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