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Neil deMause is a Manhattan-born and Brooklyn-based writer who's been covering New York City social policy issues for longer than he'd really like to admit. In addition to his work for City Limits, he's a regular contributor to the Village Voice, CNNMoney.com, Extra!, and Baseball Prospectus, a former op-ed columnist for Metro New York, and a co-author of the book and website "Field of Schemes," covering the government subsidies to pro sports stadiums, a subject on which he has testified before Congress. His investigations of city and national welfare policy have been honored with a Project Censored award and been included in the anthology "America's Mayor, America's President?"
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Much-anticipated alternative statistics on poverty are out. The good news: The rate is rising more slowly than earlier numbers suggested. The bad news: It's been higher than we thought for a long time.
Poor New Yorkers and advocates say the Bloomberg administration is, for the first time, forcing people receiving food stamps to fulfill work requirements.
The panel was charged with answering the question, "Welfare Reform at 15: Is It Working?"Their answer depended almost entirely on how each member defined "working."
Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?
A closer look at the national labor-market figures released last week suggest that the modest fall in the unemployment rate has more to do with people leaving the labor force than folks finding jobs.
Job growth is soaring in Coney Island, says a new report. That was news to anyone who's actually been to Coney Island lately.
Watch a video interview with Neil deMause, author of our July issue looking at the complex stories behind alarming statistics on poverty in New York City and the United States.
A study of low-income New Yorkers under the age of 24 indicates they have trouble getting welfare benefits to which they are entitled. City officials say the report—and others that raised similar questions—suffers from poor methodology.
C is like many students at Hunter College. She balances work and school, struggles to pay her tuition bill, wonders what the future will hold. Secretly, she also carries the burden of being an undocumented immigrant.
The number of low-income New Yorkers is a matter of statistics. Answering deeper questions about poverty demands drilling down deep into the lives of individual people, a few of whose stories are presented in this month's issue of City Limits.