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UW-Madison study: Severe poverty affects brain size

CAFCA | September 15, 2015 |

A six-year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added to the mounting evidence that growing up in severe poverty affects how children’s brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage.

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CT rated 4th in fighting child poverty

CAFCA | August 18, 2015 |

WalletHub, the personal financial social network, has rated Connecticut fourth nationally in battling child poverty, according to a new study. New Hampshire is rated first and Mississippi is 50th in the assessment, which rated the states on a variety of demographics, from death rates to food insecurity and incidents of maltreatment.

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Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

The longest sustained funding crunch in the history of legal aid is about to cost Connecticut’s poor their long-serving lobbyist at the General Assembly: Raphael L. "Rafie" Podolsky, a Yale-educated lawyer who took them as a client 40 years ago, is getting a pink slip.

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Connecticut's Disappearing Middle Class

CAFCA | November 19, 2014 |

This is one of the best times of the year to walk through one of the Connecticut's pretty little towns, with the lingering smell of damp leaves and fair-trade coffee hanging in the chilled air. There is so much beauty in this state, so many communities that still hold their New England charm. But it is amazing how fast you can go from charming to blighted, from rich to poor, in just a few short miles. We are all crowded so close together in this densely populated state, yet we are also so segregated.

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Connecticut's Poverty Rate Remains Stubbornly High

CAFCA | October 02, 2014 |

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" was five months ago, but it wasn't until last week that the U.S. Census released data confirming little progress has been made. While the report does not address how various anti-poverty programs have helped individuals and families over the years, it does provide an analysis of the rate of poverty overall.

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Connecticut's Suburban Poor

CAFCA | August 28, 2014 |

Like elsewhere in New England, the leafy suburbs of Connecticut mask tens of thousands of families that barely make ends meet, according to a report released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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Press Release: New Data from Community Action Agencies Show Number of People Receiving Anti-Poverty Services Increased in 2013

CAFCA | May 16, 2014 |

HARTFORD – Thursday, May 15, 2014 – As the nation continues to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, numbers released at a press conference today by the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) show that this war is still being fought across state today. The data shows that more people required the services of Connecticut’s 11 Community Action Agencies (CAAs)?the state and federally-designated anti-poverty agencies?in 2013 than in 2012.

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50 Years Later, War on Poverty Continues

| May 16, 2014 |

James Gatling and Deborah Monahan have been on the frontlines of Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ for most of its 50 years. Gatling and Monahan head up Connecticut Community Action Agencies, which were created 50 years ago to help deliver the services Johnson envisioned in his 1964 State of the Union address to help lift families out of poverty.

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Wealthier communities see increase in need for food pantries

CAFCA | March 27, 2014 |

On a recent afternoon, Rosetta Stewart, 79, and her daughter, Diane, stood outside a long white truck parked at the West Suffield Congregational Church. The back of the vehicle read, "When hunger stops, so will we." Foodshare's mobile food bank first rolled in to Suffield in September 2012, and the amount of food it's distributed has risen steadily since.

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