4 Things Communities Must Do to Become Promise Zones
Today, the Obama administration announced the second round of Promise Zones applications. As leaders and groups come together to plan their applications, they must ensure their strategies to address poverty are community driven, comprehensive, systemic, and focused on outcomes.
The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class
With the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.
What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class
Newly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.
The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data
Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.
Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility
Issue Brief It is long past due to reform asset limits for safety net programs that work at odds with the goals of family economic security and mobility.
Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?
Perhaps the turmoil playing out in the Show Me State will serve to highlight the still unaddressed inequities hamstringing this nation and point a way forward for all of us.
Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities
Forty years after the Community Development Block Grant was established, the program continues to serve as an important tool in helping communities across the country tackle emerging challenges in affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development.
Time for a 21st Century Social Contract
Charts Much has changed in the 50 years since the War on Poverty. To build an economy that works for all Americans, we need to update our social contract to reflect 21st century realities.
Reimagining Our Social Contract: The Safety Net Is Social Insurance for All Americans
When four in five Americans will experience at least one year of poverty, near poverty, unemployment, or the safety net during their working years, it’s time to rethink how we conceptualize poverty and update our nation’s social contract accordingly.
How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out
Modernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.
3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda
As Congress explores strategies for boosting economic security and mobility, subsidized jobs are an effective tool for employing those left behind by the labor market.