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Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later

On TalkPoverty Radio, hosts Rebecca Vallas and Tracey Ross shine a light on the effects of extreme weather, racial inequality, and poverty.

by Tracey Ross and Rebecca Vallas | Friday, August 28, 2015

Por qué las comunidades agrícolas son clave en cómo California responde a su sequía

Las comunidades de color y de bajos ingresos que viven en comunidades tribales, rurales y agrícolas en el estado de California están enfrentándose a altas tasas de desempleo, el acceso limitado y costoso al agua segura y asequible, y la inseguridad alimentaria, como consecuencia de la sequía de California.

by Wendy Ortiz and Tracey Ross | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Remembering Katrina in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

While an extreme weather event, such as a flood, heat wave, or hurricane, may seem like an equal opportunity force of destruction, in reality, these events exacerbate the underlying injustices that exist in our communities year round.

by Tracey Ross | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Urban Progress: Lessons from CAP’s Roundtable on Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

A western view of the skyline of the city of Detroit.A recent CAP roundtable discussion highlighted the need for investments in and further conversations about urban areas and low-income communities.

by Tracey Ross | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners

A mother reads with her children book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers must support strategies for English language instruction that consider the needs of immigrant adults and children together in order to ensure families achieve greater economic and academic success and the ability to fully participate in society.

by Tracey Ross | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones

Baltimore book_alt2 icon Report State leaders can adopt the Promise Zones model to support innovative localities as they work to address concentrated poverty.

by Tracey Ross and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eds, Meds, and the Feds

Johns Hopkins book_alt2 icon Report The federal government has a long history of supporting the work of anchor institutions—entities, including universities and hospitals, that control vast economic, human, and intellectual resources. It has a vested interest in exploring strategies that harness anchors’ power to increase community revitalization and economic growth.

by Tracey Ross | Friday, October 24, 2014

4 Things Communities Must Do to Become Promise Zones

President Obama Promise ZonesToday, 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.

by Tracey Ross | Friday, September 19, 2014

Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities

constructionForty 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.

by Tracey Ross | Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

by Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Renewed Promise

North Philadelphia book_alt2 icon Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.

by Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The War on Poverty: Then and Now

LBJ declares War on Poverty book_alt2 icon Report Fifty years after the launch of the War on Poverty, it’s time to apply our lessons learned to today’s economic and social challenges to usher in a new era of shared prosperity.

by Melissa Boteach, Erik Stegman, Sarah Baron, Tracey Ross, Katie Wright | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

No Place Like Home

Homeless woman in Skid Row book_alt2 icon Report In our efforts to end homelessness, we must continue to provide affordable rental housing and comprehensive support to individuals and families facing poverty.

by Tracey Ross | Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Disaster in the Making

Disaster resilience book_alt2 icon Report Superstorm Sandy is just the latest in a long line of natural disasters that have tested the resilience of low-income communities and exposed the underlying socioeconomic problems these communities face year round.

by Tracey Ross | Monday, August 19, 2013

Addressing Urban Poverty in America Must Remain a Priority

Though a new study shows that suburban poverty is on the rise, it is important to remember that urban poverty still persists across the nation.

by Tracey Ross | Wednesday, June 5, 2013