Economic Hardship Reporting Project

The New Right-Wing War on Food Stamps

This story was supported by the journalism nonprofit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Facebook Highlighted My Friend's Real Feelings About Food Stamp Users Like Me

Every time I shop for my groceries I run the risk of shame and panic. I navigate the aisles, looking for those discount tags hanging under apples or grapes. I add up the prices of pineapples, tomatoes, avocados. Yams. Squash. Kale. I long for a refrigerator full of these things. 

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My Time in Motel Hell: Scenes From America’s Housing Crisis

Hard as I tried to shake her, the woman with the rudely removed pinky toe would not depart my thoughts.

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If You Can ‘Speak’ with Your Money, Then Why Is It Illegal to Ask For It?

Money may be protected speech but apparently, speech that asks for money is not.

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Old, Female and Homeless

This story was produced with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and first appeared in The Nation

The doors of the Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco don’t open until 7 am, but on the Saturday morning I was there, a dozen or so people were already lined up by 5:30. The group included a middle-aged white man who had lost his job managing a high-end restaurant and a black man wearing a crisp security guard blazer because he had to be at work by noon. Each was there hoping for a bed for the night. The city assigns most slots in its homeless shelters on a first-come, first-served basis by computer. The people had shown up here so early because they know through experience that every last bed will be claimed by 7:10 am.

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Should Kids Go To Jail for Skipping School?

This story was originally posted on the Atlantic. 

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The McDonalds of the Temp Industry

This story was originally posted on Mother Jones and produced by the independent Economic Hardship Reporting Project, co-edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Rivlin.

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