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New Census poverty stats + data about loneliness + National Adoption Month

News. A study reveals that low-income neighborhoods disproportionately feel environmental burdens. For the poor, ACA health insurance could reduce late rent payments. A Trump immigration rule could devastate rural hospitals. NYC and Amazon have a school plan for families near the second headquarters: Wait and See. After struggling with homelessness, a chorus sings about gratitude.

Numbers. 
  • The majority of Americans believe the government should be responsible for ensuring everyone has health insurance – at the same time, they don’t want a government-run health care system, Gallup says. The majority want a system based on private insurance.
  • 1 in 10 Americans say they feel lonely or isolated from those around them all or most of the time, Pew says. This is particularly true for those who aren’t happy with their family life, social life or financial life.

Reports.
  • The Census Bureau released small area income and poverty estimates for states, counties and school districts this week. About 11 percent of counties had a statistically significant increase in median household income and about 8 percent had a decrease.
  • The CBO released long-term Social Security projections this week, highlighting changes since 2017 and comparing their projections with those of the Social Security Trustees. Hint: The CBO projects a larger deficit on the way.

Hot topic blogs.
  • Child Trends is learning how young people and families fare after adoption from foster care. November is National Adoption Month, so they’re highlighting the complexities of foster care and the need for adoptive parents.
  • Brookings is reporting about the devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods. Among the several conclusions, the report uncovers that homes in neighborhoods where the share of the population is 50 percent black are valued at roughly half the price as homes in neighborhoods with no black residents.