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One Strike and You’re Out

man climbs stairs book_alt2 icon Report A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

by Rebecca Vallas & Sharon Dietrich | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote

voting boothsWhen voters who are young, minorities, or low income are excluded from the national conversation, it is no wonder that they do not make it out to the polls on Election Day.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, November 6, 2014

Health Care that Heals

Pope FrancisPope Francis teaches that access to comprehensive health care, which acknowledges the dignity of the whole person at each stage of life, is necessary to build a more just world.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, October 30, 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

A Win-Win for Working Families and State Budgets

Doctor and child book_alt2 icon Report Increasing the minimum wage in concert with expanding Medicaid would not only boost the incomes of low-wage working families and increase access to healthcare but would also be a boon to state budgets.

by Rachel West and Michael Reich | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harnessing the EITC and Other Tax Credits to Promote Financial Stability and Economic Mobility

kitchen book_alt2 icon Report As Congress explores strategies to strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit, there are several ways to boost its power as a mobility tool.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, Rachel West | Tuesday, October 7, 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

The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

Protesters block trafficWith the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.

by Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly 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.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Family cooking bars icon 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.

by Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility

family pantry article icon 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.

by Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?

FergusonPerhaps 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.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, August 21, 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

Time for a 21st Century Social Contract

working mother bars icon 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.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, and Shawn Fremstad | Monday, August 11, 2014

Reimagining Our Social Contract: The Safety Net Is Social Insurance for All Americans

food bankWhen 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.

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, August 11, 2014