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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

3 Things You May Have Missed in the New Poverty, Income, and Inequality Data

Child raising dollar bill article icon Issue Brief The 2014 Census data underscore how much policy matters in cutting poverty and improving economic security for low- and middle-income families.

by Melissa Boteach, Shawn Fremstad, Rachel West | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Anti-Poverty Dictionary

play_alt icon Video Conservatives have been talking about growing inequality, creating a new lexicon of anti-poverty terminology. But this is just a new way of speaking about the same old policies that will result in deep cuts to important programs.

by Melissa Boteach, Kulsum Ebrahim, Andrew Satter | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Investing in Millennials Through an Economy that Works for All

Rebecca D. Vallas, Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.

by Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Provide Greater Economic Stability for Millennial Parents

Lesson for infants article icon Issue Brief Strengthening the Child Tax Credit would greatly enhance the economic security of Millennial families with children, while making a crucial investment in the country’s next generation.

by Sunny Frothingham, Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

Wheat nearing harvest book_alt2 icon Report Communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and agricultural communities throughout California are enduring high rates of unemployment, limited and costly access to safe and affordable water, and food insecurity as a consequence of the California drought.

by Wendy Ortiz | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Help Level the Playing Field for Communities of Color

grocery shoppingCAP’s proposal to bolster the Child Tax Credit would help address the middle-class squeeze and cut poverty for all families while reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

by Melissa Boteach | Thursday, August 13, 2015

Enhancing the Child Tax Credit Would Substantially Lessen the Depth of Child Poverty Across States

cursor icon Interactive This interactive illustrates by how much the Child Tax Credit would lessen the depth of poverty in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

by Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Andrew Lomax | Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Harnessing the Child Tax Credit as a Tool to Invest in the Next Generation

Kids doing homework book_alt2 icon Report By investing in children from birth, we can help mitigate the middle-class squeeze for families with children, cut child poverty, and boost our nation’s economic health in the long term.

by Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, August 12, 2015

All Pennsylvanians Will Benefit from a Clean Slate Policy for Minor Criminal Records

PA state capitol article icon Fact Sheet A new proposal in Pennsylvania will reduce barriers to employment, housing, education, and much more.

| Monday, June 22, 2015

3 Facts You Need to Know About the Obama Administration’s Proposed Child Support Rules

A child dances on father's feetCongress should quit playing politics with rules that are a win-win-win for children, parents, and state governments.

by Melissa Boteach and Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, June 18, 2015