Jennifer Ludden

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Rent control expands as tenants struggle with the record-high cost of housing

Monday, November 28, 2022

Voters in several cities approved ballot measures to cap rents, part of a larger resurgence of rent control. Economists warn that such caps can actually reduce affordable housing overall.

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Voters approve more spending on affordable housing in cities across the U.S.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Gas prices got a lot of attention in the midterms, but high housing costs are a bigger chunk of people's budgets. In cities around the country, voters approved more spending on affordable housing.

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Voters approved more money for affordable housing around the country

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Skyrocketing rents and home prices have been a major part of voters' economic pain. New spending will go toward building and subsidizing more housing, and helping people avoid homelessness.

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It's harder to buy a house. This city fought back by outbidding corporate landlords

Thursday, November 03, 2022

A Cincinnati agency says large investors are taking some of the most affordable homes off the market, exacerbating the racial wealth gap. It's now helping its new tenants buy the homes themselves.

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Roommate wanted: Homeless people are pairing up as a way around the housing crisis

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Given record high rents and low vacancy rates, housing providers are offering to match people up as roommates to get them off the streets. But it can be a tough sell for both renters and landlords.

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Child poverty is at a historic low, according to the Census Bureau

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Experts say the federal child tax credit was a big reason for the drop. The expanded child tax credit ended in December, just as inflation was starting to climb to historic highs.

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Poverty and uninsured rates drop, thanks to pandemic-era policies

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Child poverty is at a historic low, according to Census bureau data, and the rate of those without health insurance dropped in 2021. But the good news may be short-lived, as policy measures expire.

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Avoiding the tap water in Jackson, Miss., has been a way of life for decades

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Residents accuse the largely white state government of neglecting the needs of a city that's 82% Black. White flight in the 1970s devastated the tax base, posing a major challenge to any solution.

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Shrinking population and economic decline add to Jackson's water woes

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Many in Jackson, Mississippi, have had unreliable access water for decades. It's a problem made worse - and harder to solve - by a shrinking population and economic decline.

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Jackson residents face long lines and short supply in a frustrating search for water

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Some 180,000 people in and near Mississippi's capital have not been able to use their tap water since Monday. It's the latest in a string of crises due to the city's aging water infrastructure.

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Drinking water crisis in Jackson, Miss., continues as residents rely on bottled water

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Jackson, Miss., is still without access to safe drinking water, and it's not clear when it will be available. The government is trying to navigate getting bottled water to 150,000 residents.

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Here's one reason why America's racial wealth gap persists across generations

Saturday, August 13, 2022

A new poll finds white adults are more than twice as likely as others to get sizable financial help from parents or grandparents. By contrast, Black adults are more likely to give money to elders.

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'We have nowhere to go': Many face eviction during a crisis in affordable housing

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Most Americans say a lack of affordable housing is a serious problem where they live. An NPR poll also finds nearly twice as many Black renters as white faced an eviction threat in the past year.

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Poll: As costs rise, Black and Hispanic renters struggle the most

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

According to a new poll, a majority of Americans said a lack of affordable housing is a serious problem where they live, and many fear eviction.

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White adults receive the most financial help from older relatives, poll shows

Monday, August 08, 2022

A new poll finds white adults are more than twice as likely as others to get sizable financial help from parents or other elders. It helps explain America's persistent racial wealth gap.

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Corporate landlords used aggressive tactics to push out more tenants than was known

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Congress finds four companies appeared to have a strategy to get tenants to leave during the pandemic. Many faced eviction after missing only one payment, and while waiting for emergency rental aid.

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Bonus checks! One year free! How states are trying to fix a broken child care system

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

There's still a shortage of child care teachers and that's keeping parents out of the workforce. Dozens of states are trying to lure back providers and lower costs for families.

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The housing market squeeze pushes renters into bidding wars

Friday, June 24, 2022

Rising mortgage rates and a wave of millennials put more pressure on the rental market. Rents have soared by double digits, but landlords say they're also struggling with higher costs.

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March For Our Lives rallies across U.S. push for gun control

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Around the country today, thousands rallied for stronger gun safety laws. Hundreds of events were scheduled in the wake of the most recent string of deadly mass shootings.

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March For Our Lives rallies across the U.S. call for gun control

Saturday, June 11, 2022

'March for Our Lives' rallies happen in Washington and other cities this weekend, focusing on the people and the communities affected by gun violence, and calling for political action.

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