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Federal Reforms Could Help NJ’s Immigrants Contribute Even More to State Economy
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2016 | Social
Collecting back taxes from undocumented immigrants, for instance, could mean a big bump in tax collections
More New Jerseyans Put Off Retirement, Many Citing Financial Concerns
NJTV News Online | August 5, 2016 | Social
Nearly 25 percent of Garden State residents over age 65 are still working full- or part-time
State's Millennials Put Off Ownership of Their Own Homes for Good Reasons
NJTV News Online | August 3, 2016 | Social, Housing
Student loans and the high cost of living among reasons many young New Jerseyans live with their parents
Member of NJ’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault Shares Goals
NJTV News Online | July 7, 2016 | Social
Helen Archontou says her experience with Bergen County’s sex crimes and child abuse unit has helped inform her beliefs and concerns
Making Sure the Cost of Phone Calls from Prison Isn’t Punishingly High
Carly Sitrin | July 5, 2016 | Social
Phone calls to families and loved ones help prisoners cope better behind bars and ease their transition back into society -- but only if they can afford the call
Immigrants from 17 Countries Sworn in as Citizens in Jersey City
NJTV News Online | July 5, 2016 | Social
Emotional Independence Day naturalization ceremony for 21 of the country’s newest citizens
Without Welfare Increases, NJ's Safety Net Is in Tatters
Hank Kalet | June 30, 2016 | Social
In a cruel irony, the administration’s reinterpretation of the rules denies emergency assistance to the poor because they are poor
Beginning Again: Syrian Refugees Struggle to Build a New Life in New Jersey
Thomas E. Franklin | June 23, 2016 | Social, Immigration
Two families of Syrian refugees find hope and comfort in unexpected quarters: among them, two North Jersey synagogues
Is Lakewood on the Verge of a Meltdown?
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Education, Social
The former resort town is struggling with city-size problems: overstressed infrastructure, underfinanced schools, and growing social tensions
Prisoners of Fear: NJ’s Undocumented Immigrants
Hank Kalet | June 16, 2016 | Social, Immigration
Recent roundups and immigration police activity have locals afraid to leave their houses to shop, work, or take kids to school
Newark Redeploys Police Force, Targets Violent Crime Hotspots
Joe Tyrrell | June 7, 2016 | Social
Mayor Baraka hopes a combination of better policing and outreach to young offenders can cut robbery and murder rates
After Surviving the Superstorm, Struggling with Recovery Programs
National Public Radio | May 26, 2016 | Social
Billions in New Jersey and New York taxpayer dollars went to rebuild after Sandy. How can there be so much work left to do?
Battle of Insurance Claims Follows Long After Battering by Sandy
WNYC Public Radio | May 25, 2016 | Social
FEMA now agrees with 80 percent of the homeowners who say they were underpaid.
NJ’s Troubled Cities: Shrinking Tax Bases, Growing Need for Basic Services
Hank Kalet | May 20, 2016 | Social
Experts indicate that city dwellers typically pay a greater proportion of their income in municipal taxes than do their counterparts in wealthier suburbs
New Overtime Regulations Will Affect Some Half-Million New Jerseyans
NJTV News | May 20, 2016 | Social
Starting in December, employers will have to pay overtime to workers who make $47,476 a year or less, rather than the current threshold of $23,660
Refugees Welcome in NJ, Despite Administration’s Move to Stop Them
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2016 | Social, Immigration
The Christie administration may be pulling out of U.S. resettlement program, but it can’t stop refugees from making a home in Garden State -- despite governor’s rhetoric
Trenton Circus Squad Helps Troubled Teens With Juggling and Similar Skills
WHYY Newsworks | May 17, 2016 | Social
‘Social circus’ program has already won national recognition since it was founded last year
Hunger Still a Daily Experience for More than 1 Million New Jerseyans
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 12, 2016 | Social
Some 12 percent of residents -- 17 percent of the state’s children -- are not getting enough to eat to live a healthy life
For NJ’s Latino Community, Strong Economic Success and Lingering Struggles
John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2016 | Social
Among the challenges faced by fastest-growing segment of state population, encouraging kids to attend -- and complete -- college
NJ School Districts Craft Progressive Policies on Transgender Rights
Meir Rinde | April 25, 2016 | Education, Social
Advocates say schools have made a good first step, but much more needs to be done when it comes to gender-identity issues
End of Life Planning: The Difficult Conversation Most New Jerseyans Never Have
Lilo H. Stainton | April 22, 2016 | Healthcare, Social
A growing group of Garden State organizations are dedicated to helping residents have the death they want, away from hospitals and free from costly medical treatments
Why Is It So Tough to Track Police Shootings in the Garden State?
Hank Kalet | April 18, 2016 | Social
The lack of hard data makes it difficult for law enforcement to do its job, raises mistrust and suspicion in local communities
Thousands Who Need Housing Assistance Fall through Tear in Safety Net
Colleen O'Dea | March 24, 2016 | Social
Governor’s go-ahead sought to help very poor who have chronic need for help with housing
We’re Almost at the Finish Line with Our Crowdfunded Immigration Project
NJ Spotlight staff | March 4, 2016 | Social
We hope you'll help fund ‘In the Shadow of Liberty,’ NJ Spotlight’s year-long investigation into immigration in the most diverse state in the nation
Inmates Given Helping Hand in Tackling Challenges of Re-Entering Society
NJTV News | February 19, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Trenton-area branch of Volunteers of America assisted several thousand paroled prisoners last year alone
Why is NJ’s Poverty Rate So High? And What Can Be Done to Lower It?
Meir Rinde | January 28, 2016 | More Issues, Politics, Social
Legislative hearings address ineffective state programs and millions of residents who can’t, or barely, make ends meet
Why Are Some Young Sex Offenders Held Indefinitely in NJ Facility?
George Steptoe and Antoine Goldet/The Marshall Project | January 28, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Jhon Sanchez served time for sex offenses committed when he was 13. But he’s still not free.
Assembly Speaker Launches New Initiative as NJ Poverty Rate Climbs to Record High
John Reitmeyer | January 21, 2016 | Politics, Social
Prieto’s announcement applauded by advocates of poor, but some Republicans assert reducing property taxes on middle class is also important
Advocates Urge Lifting Ban on Welfare Aid for Those Guilty of Drug Distribution
Hank Kalet | January 15, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Removing restriction on getting public assistance touted as way to help those who have served their time become productive members of society
Why Is NJ Ignoring a Law That Would Help Protect Kids Against Lead Poisoning?
Todd B. Bates | December 2, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
State statute says one- and two-family rentals need to be inspected for lead-paint hazards, but the law has never been enforced
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