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Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of Color

Flint River article icon Issue Brief Increased public investment in housing, health, infrastructure, and education initiatives would improve outcomes for communities of color and help avoid disasters such as what recently occurred in Flint, Michigan.

by Tracey Ross and Danyelle Solomon | Thursday, March 3, 2016

Utilizing National Service as a 21st Century Workforce Strategy for Opportunity Youth

Volunteers are sworn into the AmeriCorps national service program. book_alt2 icon Report Expanding national service programs to create first jobs and on-the-job training slots for opportunity youth and other disadvantaged workers is an important workforce strategy.

by Tracey Ross, Shirley Sagawa, Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

State of the States Report 2015

minimum-wage demonstration book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should take a hard look at where their state is succeeding and falling short to prioritize actions that would dramatically reduce poverty in their backyards and beyond.

by Rachel West and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How Congress Should Respond to the Flint Water Crisis

A Flint water towerThe water crisis in Flint was both foreseeable and preventable; Congress must ensure this never happens again by increasing infrastructure funding and strengthening oversight.

by Kevin DeGood and Greg Dotson | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis

play_alt icon Video Government officials in Michigan have been scrambling to address the fallout of the man-made water catastrophe in Flint that poisoned thousands of mostly low-income people of color.

by Andrew Satter | Monday, February 8, 2016

Protecting America from Racism in the Water

A Flint resident carries free waterThe Flint water crisis highlights the continuing disparities that people of color face in finding access to fair housing and healthy communities.

by Danyelle Solomon and Tracey Ross | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters

Transgender Woman article icon Fact Sheet Tests in four states reveal that transgender homeless women face discrimination in accessing shelter.

by Caitlin Rooney, Laura E. Durso, Sharita Gruberg | Thursday, January 7, 2016

An Opportunity Agenda for Renters

A luxury rental building in New York City book_alt2 icon Report The United States needs a two-pronged approach to housing policy that supports residential mobility to high opportunity areas and promotes reinvestment in economically impoverished neighborhoods.

by David Sanchez, Tracey Ross, Julia Gordon | Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Clean Energy Incentive Program: Improving Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Communities

Electricians install solar panels to roof.As the EPA finalizes the details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program, it should maximize its outreach of energy efficiency programs to low-income communities.

by Danielle Baussan and Ben Bovarnick | Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Infographic: Criminal Records Are a Family Sentence

The barriers associated with criminal records have devastating consequences for families, resulting in lifelong punishment for parents with records and significantly limiting their children’s future.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Thursday, December 10, 2015

Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their Children

Inmate with granddaughter book_alt2 icon Report Nearly half of U.S. children now have at least one parent with a criminal record. We must enact policies to ensure that a criminal record does not consign an individual—and his or her children and family—to a life of poverty.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moving America’s Families Forward: Lessons Learned from Other Countries

Melissa Boteach, Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, November 17, 2015.

by Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Inequality Racism Begets Affects Us All

heroin addictWhite Americans are becoming conscious that racism’s insidious effects are not limited to people of color.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, November 12, 2015

Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American Workers

Rebecca D. Vallas, Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

by Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Confronting the Dual Challenges of Climate Change and Poverty: A Case Study of Cleveland

Lake Erie beachCleveland is showing the way toward a progressive model of building climate resilience in low-income communities.

by Gwynne Taraska and Hannah Flesch | Thursday, September 17, 2015