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Poverty & Inequality

More than one in three Californians live in or near poverty, and the longstanding divide between rich and poor poses a major challenge for our state and nation. PPIC builds understanding of what economic disparities mean for households and communities, while highlighting policies that can broaden opportunity and increase well-being.

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Blog Post · September 24, 2021

Pandemic Aid Helped Lower Poverty in California

Caroline Danielson

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Blog Post · September 16, 2021

Unhealthy Air May Threaten Educational Outcomes

Laurel Abowd, Julien Lafortune, Paulette Cha

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Blog Post · August 13, 2021

California’s High Housing Costs Increase Poverty

Patricia Malagon, Caroline Danielson

photo - Boy Using Mobile Phone for Online Learning from Home
Blog Post · August 10, 2021

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed but Still Affects California’s Children

Paulette Cha, Niu Gao

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Fact Sheet · July 2021

Poverty in California

Sarah Bohn, Caroline Danielson, Patricia Malagon

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Blog Post · July 23, 2021

In El Dorado County, Early Preparation and Communication Were Key to the Return to School

Laura Hill, Mary Severance

photo - Homeless Tents Beside Skyscrapers in Los Angeles Downtown at Night
Blog Post · July 8, 2021

Californians Want Policies that Close the Gap between Rich and Poor

Dean Bonner

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Blog Post · July 1, 2021

Tax Hurdles May Limit Impact of the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Caroline Danielson, Tess Thorman

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Blog Post · June 29, 2021

Geography of College Readiness in California

Cesar Alesi Perez, Hans Johnson, Vicki Hsieh, Niu Gao

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Blog Post · June 24, 2021

Video: California’s Safety Net in Recession and Recovery

Mary Severance

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Report · June 2021

Health Coverage and Care for Undocumented Immigrants: An Update

Paulette Cha, Shannon McConville

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Blog Post · June 22, 2021

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for California’s Native American Communities

Joy Collins, Caitrin Chappelle

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Blog Post · June 15, 2021

Video: Reopening California—A Conversation with HHS Secretary Mark Ghaly

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · June 14, 2021

Commentary: How Better Data Can Help California Avoid a Drinking Water Crisis

Alvar Escriva-Bou, Rich Pauloo

Blog Post · June 10, 2021

How Are Unemployed Californians Faring on the Road to Recovery?

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Report · June 2021

California’s Safety Net in Recession and Recovery

Caroline Danielson

Blog Post · June 3, 2021

Video: Californians and Their Government

Stephanie Barton

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Fact Sheet · May 2021

Water Affordability

Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak

photo - Girl in Front of Line of Adults Packing Boxes with Food
Blog Post · May 24, 2021

Food Insufficiency and School Meals during COVID-19

Caroline Danielson, Niu Gao, Patricia Malagon

photo - Woman Holding a Glass of Water
Blog Post · May 24, 2021

A Look at California’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Gaps

Caitrin Chappelle

photo - A Boy Distance Learning and Using Laptop
Blog Post · May 13, 2021

A Year into Distance Learning, California’s Digital Divide Persists

Niu Gao, Julien Lafortune, Laura Hill

photo - Man on Mobile Phone for a Medical Video Appointment
Blog Post · May 12, 2021

How Telehealth Can Bring Equity to Health Care

Paulette Cha

photo - Elementary School Students Wearing Masks and Standing in a Line Outside of School
Blog Post · May 7, 2021

Video: Californians and Education

Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · May 6, 2021

Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

Hans Johnson

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Blog Post · April 30, 2021

Bay Area Recovery May Lag without Onsite Tech Workers

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Blog Post · April 12, 2021

Video: A Conversation with US Senator Alex Padilla

Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · April 1, 2021

One Year Later, Is California on the Road to Recovery?

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Statewide Survey · March 2021

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

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Blog Post · March 24, 2021

The Pandemic Has Highlighted the Needs of California’s Youth

Caroline Danielson, Mary Severance

photo - Mother Giving Daughter a Hug
Blog Post · March 23, 2021

How the Expanded Child Tax Credit Reduces Child Poverty

Tess Thorman, Patricia Malagon

photo - Mom With Daughter Putting Groceries In Car
Blog Post · March 17, 2021

Testimony: Access to Anti-Poverty Programs for Californians in Need

Sarah Bohn

photo - Supermarket Worker Arranging Vegetables and Wearing Mask
Blog Post · March 11, 2021

Multiple Challenges for Women in the COVID-19 Economy

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

photo - Senior Man Using Laptop at Home
Blog Post · February 25, 2021

To Speed Up Vaccine Distribution, Improve Broadband Access among Seniors

Niu Gao, Joseph Hayes

photo - Worried Man on Laptop at Home
Blog Post · February 24, 2021

Black Californians Struggle within a Challenging Job Market

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Blog Post · February 18, 2021

How Many Districts Have Been Providing In-person Instruction?

Laura Hill, Niu Gao, Julien Lafortune

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Fact Sheet · February 2021

California’s Digital Divide

Niu Gao, Joseph Hayes

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Fact Sheet · February 2021

The Digital Divide in Education

Niu Gao, Joseph Hayes

photo - Restaurant Worker Wearing Mask and Hanging Closed Sign on Door
Blog Post · February 11, 2021

Views of California’s Economy Vary by Race and Income

Rachel Lawler

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Blog Post · February 2, 2021

Video: A Conversation with Leon Panetta

Mary Severance

photo - Woman Wearing Protective Mask and Gloves, Looking Down and Sitting on Ground
Blog Post · January 29, 2021

California’s Recovery Backslides

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Report · January 2021

Assessing Teen Well-Being and Mental Health after the Medi-Cal Expansion

Paulette Cha

photo - Young Boy Doing Schoolwork at Home
Blog Post · January 26, 2021

Are Students Spending Enough Time on School during the Pandemic?

Niu Gao, Laura Hill, Julien Lafortune

photo - Cafeteria Worker Wearing Mask and Cleaning Outside Table
Blog Post · January 25, 2021

Commentary: An Equitable Recovery for California Requires Two Key Strategies

Sarah Bohn, Dean Bonner, Vicki Hsieh

photo - Woman Wearing Mask and Waiting for a Job Interview
Blog Post · January 22, 2021

Looking Ahead to California’s 2021 Labor Market

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Blog Post · January 21, 2021

Creating a Safety Net for Immigrant Communities

Shannon McConville

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Report · January 2021

California’s Future

Ellen Hanak, Laura Hill, Hans Johnson, Caroline Danielson ...

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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Economy

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Education

Laura Hill, Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Niu Gao ...

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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Safety Net

Caroline Danielson, Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha

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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Water and a Changing Climate

Ellen Hanak, Caitrin Chappelle, Lori Pottinger, Jeffrey Mount