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Yes, America Can Afford to Dramatically Reduce Poverty and Increase Opportunity

Pre-K teacher and student article icon Issue Brief Poverty in America is not inevitable. Simply by making different budgetary choices, policymakers could greatly reduce poverty and boost opportunity.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Blueprint for Cutting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in America

A woman plays with her daughter in a park.House Republicans must embrace these policies if they are serious about tackling poverty and paving pathways to the middle class.

by Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, April 14, 2016

Supporting Women’s Health and Rights to Address Economic Inequality

A procedure roomPolicymakers must focus on strategies to improve a woman’s ability to choose to delay pregnancy, not restrict her right to do so.

by Maggie Jo Buchanan | Thursday, April 14, 2016

When Home Disappears

Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxTransportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes to build a transportation system that works for everyone.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 7, 2016

Forfeiting the American Dream

Beonca Williams crosses the street with her 1-year-old son book_alt2 icon Report Reform is urgently needed to prevent civil asset forfeiture abuses from undermining public efforts to cut poverty and boost opportunity.

by Rebecca Vallas, Tracey Ross, Todd A. Cox, Jamal Hagler, Billy Corriher | Friday, April 1, 2016

Partnered But Poor

Pedestrians crossing street in Oregon article icon Issue Brief Economic insecurity and low incomes among married and partnered families undermine the myth of marriage being the fix for poverty.

by Shawn Fremstad | Friday, March 11, 2016

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