Health, Poverty, and Human Services in NJ
September 23, 2014
NEW STUDIES SHOW HIGH RATES OF POVERTY AND UNEMPLYOMENT
WBGO gives us a closer look at the findings of two new studies, both of which seem to paint a dark picture for the future of New Jersey's poor and working classes. One report's findings, released yesterday by New Jersey Policy Perspective, show that New Jersey had the largest increases in poverty and child poverty in the country in 2013. The other, a Rutgers study, found that one in five Americans who were laid off over the last five yearsare still unable to find another job.
SLOW FOOD STAMPS APPLICATION PROCESS COULD MEAN BIG LOSSES IN NJ
New Jersey's poor performance when it comes to processing applications for the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Governor Christie's veto of a bill that would continue state participation in the "Heat and Eat" program could cost NJ up to $310 million, reports NJ Spotlight. The state could also be out another $170 million in SNAP benefits because of Christie's decision to divorce eligibility for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from SNAP participation.
NEW BILL TARGETS INSPECTIONS OF FILTHY, UNSAFE BOARDING HOMES
The State Assembly Human Services Committee passed a bill by a vote of 5-0 today that would address health and safety issues in NJ's boarding homes and shelters. NJ.comcaught up with Mary Lynn Reynolds, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Southwestern New Jersey, who revealed that the Department of Community Services employs a staff of only 6 people who oversee the inspections of all 700 facilities across the state.
BLAST FROM THE PAST! NJ NEWS COMMONS HOSTS ARCHIVES TRAINING
Last week, the NJ News Commons teamed up with Josh Stearns of the Dodge Foundation to host a training on some of the different ways that news and media entrepreneurs can use their archived content for fun and profit. For those of you who missed it, Josh also wrote an awesome follow-up post with a summary of the training and links to all the tips, tricks, and tools we covered. Check it out!
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