Migrant Children Thwarted by the 50-Mile Rule

Since the 1970s, a state rule has required farmworkers to move at least 50 miles away from a migrant camp at the end of the season in order to continue to qualify for the housing. Now, advocates are trying to get California officials to change the 50-mile rule, which they say jeopardizes the educations of farmworker children, among other problems.

Insurance Program for Low-Income and Disabled or Elderly Confuses Consumers

Brenda White is happy with her health care, especially the free dental and vision care that came with her plan. White, a 70-year-old retired secretary who lives in Los Angeles, qualifies both for Medi-Cal, California’s insurance for low-income people, and Medicare, a federal insurance for the elderly and disabled. Navigating the two government-funded programs can be a daunting task, so in 2014 California launched a

California’s Lowest-Income Seniors Desperate for Affordable Housing

The combination of soaring rents and aging baby boomers has created an insatiable demand for affordable housing in California. Thousands of people apply just to get on a wait list. As a result, some low-income seniors die still hoping for a place of their own. In the meantime, they cram into shared spaces, live with family, sleep on couches or even end up homeless.

What Happens When ICE Detains Parents, From a Pediatrician’s Perspective

When I first met Daniel, he was 2 months old. His aunt, Sandra, brought him to the clinic in South Los Angeles where I work as a pediatrician because he had persistent coughing. While I was examining his lungs, he coughed so hard that he vomited in my hair. I was worried that he might have whooping cough and I started asking more about his history. First question: Why was he with his aunt and not his parents?

To Help Latinos Age Well, We Need to Address Inequities

Norma has been working since she was a teenager. She started working as a farmworker, then became a cannery worker and now works in childcare. Now at 60 years old, she is unsure if she “will ever be able to retire.” Her story is illustrative of the challenges that Latino seniors face trying to afford retirement, health care, food and housing.

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