Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Things are increasingly tough for renters and home owners alike, the Partnership says, with Connecticut ranking among the 10 most expensive states for both.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, the Partnership finds that 51 percent of renters pay more that 30 percent of their income on housing and that 27 percent are severely burdened by their housing costs, spending more than half of their income on housing.
And even though the price of a house has plummeted, buying one remains too difficult for many families, since the price remains high in comparison to other states, because family incomes have fallen, and because getting a mortgage has become more difficult, the Partnership says.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
"This Information Memorandum (IM) confirms and reiterates my fundamental belief that every child and youth who is unable to live with his or her parents is entitled to a safe, loving and affirming foster care placement, irrespective of the young person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression," Samuels wrote. "I encourage child welfare agencies, foster and adoptive parents and others who work with young people in foster care to ensure that their physical and emotional well-being are protected."
LGBTQ youth "are often overrepresented in the population of youth served by the child welfare system and the population of youth living on the streets," Samuels noted, pointing to such data as a National Network of Runaway and Youth services finding that while 4 to 10 percent of the general population is estimated to be gay, anywhere between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth are gay.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
"The increase was partly driven by changes in income eligibility rules in Connecticut," the Courant notes. "As that happened, more stores in more places began to accept food stamps." But it's also true that this recession has reached deep into the middle class. Lucy Nolan, head of End Hunger Connecticut! and a member of the Speaker's Task Force on Children in the Recession, put it this way for the Courant: "We've seen a lot of people who say they never thought they'd be on the program. All of a sudden they're out of business or out of a job."
Also according to the article, the total number of Connecticut residents enrolled in the federal food stamp program has been climbing for 28 consecutive months.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Commission cites data from "Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans," a quarterly report of the state Labor Department. The latest edition of the report says the total number of minorities (black and Hispanic) who are unemployed rose in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a year ago, from 76,260 to 81,130. That's an increase of 2.9%.
The Commission also notes some disturbing numbers on the unemployment rate for minorities in Connecticut's nine major labor markets, concluding that in all markets "minority unemployment was disproportionate to the population." In the Bridgeport-Stamford market, blacks and Hispanics accounted for more than 60 percent of the 25,330 unemployed.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Video, documents, and more | Task Force home page
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Those were the good old days.
A new study (PDF) from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston finds that the summer job market for teens has eroded so much in the past decade that only about 25 percent will find work this summer.
Study co-author Andrew Sum warns that this will hurt teens’ future employability. “The less work you do when you’re a teenager, the less likely it is that you work [right] after you graduate, and you’re going to end up getting lower-wage, less employment when you’re in your early- to mid-20s,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The suburbs are now home to one-third of the nation's poor, according to the Brookings Institution, which predicts that the percentage will increase in coming years. Brookings also finds that the social-service networks in the suburbs are stretched too thin to adequately clothe and feed their newly poor.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Researchers looked at the number of abuse cases in four U.S. hospitals, in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio. They found increases in every city.
"Abusive head trauma -- previously known as 'shaken baby syndrome' -- is the leading cause of death from child abuse, if you don't count neglect," study author Dr. Rachel P. Berger, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told the Health Day news service. "And so, what's concerning here is that we saw in four cities that there was a marked increase in the rate of abusive head trauma among children during the recession compared with beforehand."
"Now we know that poverty and stress are clearly related to child abuse," added Berger. "And during times of economic hardship one of the things that's hardest hit are the social services that are most needed to prevent child abuse. So, this is really worrisome."
USA Today also has an article.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
"In a recent CBS News/New York Times poll of more than 700 unemployed adults, nearly half of those who reported being unemployed for six months or more said their children's lives had changed; nearly 40 percent said they had noticed changes in their children's behavior," HealthDay reports.
Dr. Audrey Walker, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, estimates that nationally, one in seven children has an unemployed parent. That's 10.5 million kids.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- The State of Working Connecticut
- Unemployment and Welfare in a Recession
- The American Dream and Hopes for College
- Youth: Gaps and Opportunities
Watch CT-N coverage of the meeting and read meeting documents
NOTE: The Task Force, as part of its plan to hear testimony from residents of each of Connecticut's five congressional districts, will hold a hearing for the 1st District at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Directions
The 1st District, represented in Congress by John B. Larson, includes these communities: Barkhamsted, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bristol, Colebrook , Cromwell, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Manchester, Middletown, New Hartford, Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill, Southington, South Windsor, Torrington, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Winchester, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The study, co-authored by professors Mark R. Rank of Washington University in St. Louis and Thomas Hirschl of Cornell University, is based on an analysis of 30 years of information taken from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and looks at children between the ages of 1 and 20. The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of U.S. individuals and their families interviewed annually since 1968.
The study's findings are consistent with a wider body of research demonstrating that U.S. children face considerable economic risk throughout their childhood years, according to Rank.
"Rather than being a time of security and safety, the childhood years for many American children are a time of economic turmoil, risk, and hardship," he says in a Washington University press release.
The study also found that:
-- 90 percent of black children will be in households that uses food stamps. This compares to 37 percent of white children.
-- Nearly one-quarter of all American children will be in households that use food stamps for five or more years during childhood.
-- 91 percent of children with single parents will be in households receiving food stamps, compared to 37 percent of children in households head by married couples.
-- Children who are black and whose head of household is not married and has less than 12 years of education have a cumulative percentage of residing in a food stamp household of 97 percent by age 10.
"Understanding the degree to which American children are exposed to the risks of poverty and food insecurity across childhood is essential information for the health care and social service communities," Rank says. "Even limited exposure to poverty can have detrimental effects upon a child's overall quality of health and well-being."
The study, "Estimating the Risk of Food Stamp Use and Impoverishment During Childhood," is published in the current issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
View video of a University of Washington interview with Dr. Rank here.
Monday, November 2, 2009
She quotes historian Steven Mintz as saying: "We seem to care little about what it means to a child to lose a home or have stressed-out parents. The difference between then and now is striking."
"Is it an overstatement," Warner asks, "to say that we’re at risk of losing a generation of children if we don’t step up to the plate to provide additional support for families under duress? We are, at the very least, at risk of helping erode children’s most basic sense of security and safety, as well as their hopes for the future. Families are keenly under pressure. We ignore them at our collective peril."
Monday, October 26, 2009
"Over the past two years, government officials and experts have seen an increasing number of children leave home for life on the streets, including many under 13. Foreclosures, layoffs, rising food and fuel prices and inadequate supplies of low-cost housing have stretched families to the extreme, and those pressures have trickled down to teenagers and preteens."
The Times says this article is the first in a two-part series.