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Poverty: Archives

Post-Welfare Reform Trends Plus Deeper Spending Cuts Could Equal Disaster for the Nation’s Poor

Yazmin Santiago article icon Issue Brief It’s hard to imagine what poor families will do and how the nation can reasonably reduce poverty should the federal government continue to slash budgets for critical programs.

By Joy Moses | Thursday, February 7, 2013

Who Can Afford Unpaid Leave?

FMLA and women of colorIt is in our nation’s best interest to make sure that all of our workers can be productive members of our country’s workforce and also take care of their own health or the health of their loved ones.

By Julie Ajinkya | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How President Obama Can Reverse America’s Worsening Hunger Metrics

Children eating at school book_alt2 icon Report Ending U.S. childhood hunger and U.S. hunger in general is not only the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do to advance our national interest.

By Joel Berg | Monday, February 4, 2013

Infographic: How the Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Low-Income Working Families This Tax Season

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day—and now is the time to get the facts on one of the most important tax credits that ensures that work pays for working families.

By Katie Wright | Friday, January 25, 2013

Resolve to End Homelessness in 2013

Misha McLambInstead of spending billions of dollars on trimming our bellies, let’s shed our nation of homelessness.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Examining the Increase in Prepaid Cards as Alternatives to Bank Accounts

Credit cardsThe Center for American Progress responds to the 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Infographic: House Republican Tax Plan Raises Taxes on Working Families to Cut Taxes for the Rich

The House bill allows sensible reforms to the earned income and child tax credits to expire while continuing tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest Americans.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Top 10 Reasons Why Cutting Poverty Programs to Resolve the Fiscal Showdown Is a Bad Idea

Elizabeth GarciaBalancing the federal budget on the backs of poor and middle-class families lacks soundness and fairness.

By Joy Moses | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity

American flagHalf in Ten analyzes the nation's progress toward cutting poverty in half in 10 years, tracking progress along several indicators of success.

By Melissa Boteach, Shawn Fremstad, Joy Moses, Erik Stegman, and Katie Wright | Monday, November 19, 2012

New Poverty Data Provide Key Insights into Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Woman fills out government assistance formNew data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that we can’t let our safety net programs expire or go unfunded in the end-of-year fiscal negotiations in Congress.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

Two Somali children walk to a food distribution centerThe mainstream media’s silence on these interrelated issues contributes to the starvation of millions both here and abroad.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Improving the Poverty Numbers Through Wedded Bliss?

Single motherA poverty-reduction strategy focusing on marriage addresses a symptom but doesn’t solve the problem.

By Joy Moses | Thursday, September 20, 2012

2011 Census Data Reaffirm Need to Implement the Affordable Care Act

Doctor and familyThe number of uninsured Americans drops for the first time in four years but even greater gains are to come when the health law is fully in place.

By Maura Calsyn and Lindsay Rosenthal | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2011 Poverty Data

Today’s new data on poverty reveal that the share of people living in poverty stabilized and that government programs to alleviate hardship are working.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Maintaining and Strengthening Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

SSI recipients article icon Issue Brief Supplemental Security should be maintained and strengthened to further increase economic security and opportunity for children and youth with disabilities and to ensure the continued success of family-centered care.

By Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Monday, September 10, 2012