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June 10, 2024 by Kelly Allen
KIDS COUNT Gives West Virginia Poor Grades in Children’s Health

Dominion Post, Aol - The 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book is out, and while West Virginia is steadily climbing rungs in its general showing from last year, the state still remains in the lower tier of the nation related to children’s health. Read the full article. West Virginia’s composite rating was 35th in the country –…

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June 10, 2024 by WVCBP
West Virginia Ranks 44th in Overall Child Well-being But Makes Strides in Health Metrics in 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2024 Contact: Sean O'Leary, (304)-400-8899 Charleston, WV – West Virginia improved its children’s health ranking compared with recent years, coming in at 35th among the states according to the 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report of recent data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzing how kids are faring in post-pandemic America. The…

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June 9, 2024 by WVCBP
DC Elites Spark Boom in Poverty-hit State – Locals Left Living in Cars

MSN - Washington DC's wealthy remote workers are ditching the nation's capital for the country roads of West Virginia - pushing up rent costs in the poverty-stricken state and pricing out locals. Read the full article. A shift to remote working during the pandemic has enabled DC's top earners to relocate to rural areas and…

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May 23, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Study Shows More Cabell County Residents Losing SNAP Benefits

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has lifted pauses on SNAP benefit time limits that helped more able-bodied adults without dependents have access to food without restrictions. Read the full article. Now that these time limits are back, hundreds of adults in Cabell County have lost their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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May 17, 2024 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Will Gavel in for Special Session on Human Services Funding, Surplus Spending

West Virginia MetroNews - West Virginia lawmakers expect to convene for a special session starting Sunday, focusing on the state’s level of funding for human services plus additional surplus spending priorities. Read the full article. The expectation is that the special session will gavel in late Sunday afternoon with the likelihood of continuing into Monday.…

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May 8, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
SNAP Restrictions Fail to Connect Vulnerable Residents to Work While Straining Charitable Food Providers

In July 2023, West Virginia reimplemented pre-pandemic time limits for some adults receiving food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The time limits apply to adults between 18 and 52 (up to 54 in September 2024) without a documented disability and without children under 18 in the household, often referred to as "able-bodied…

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May 8, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
SNAP Restrictions Fail to Connect Vulnerable Residents to Work While Straining Cabell County Charitable Providers

In July 2023, West Virginia reimplemented pre-pandemic time limits for some adults receiving food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The time limits apply to adults between 18 and 52 (up to 54 in September 2024) without a documented disability and without children under 18 in the household, often referred to as "able-bodied…

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May 8, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
SNAP Restrictions Fail to Connect Vulnerable Residents to Work While Straining Mingo County Charitable Providers

In July 2023, West Virginia reimplemented pre-pandemic time limits for some adults receiving food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The time limits apply to adults between 18 and 52 (up to 54 in September 2024) without a documented disability and without children under 18 in the household, often referred to as "able-bodied…

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May 7, 2024 by Sean O'Leary
Reducing Poverty Can Improve Educational Outcomes

One in four children in West Virginia lived in poverty in 2022, the second highest rate of any state in the country. With the state pursuing education reform focused on funneling taxpayer funding out of public schools and into the private sector via the Hope Scholarship, West Virginia's voucher program which is growing more expensive…

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