Today, 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.
With the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.
Newly 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.
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.
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.
Perhaps 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.
Forty 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.
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.
When 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.
Modernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.
As Congress explores strategies for boosting economic security and mobility, subsidized jobs are an effective tool for employing those left behind by the labor market.
Issue Brief Successful anti-poverty solutions should be coordinated in a way that meets the needs of families and should build upon lessons learned from successful programs across the country. Efforts to improve the safety net should also be paired with broader reforms and investments to tackle the root causes of poverty.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s speech on safety net reforms is either an outgrowth of his budget plans to gut the safety net or it backtracks on his promise to balance the budget. But he can’t have it both ways.
If past is prologue, Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest poverty proposals will exacerbate poverty and inequality. But there are alternative, effective policy options to grow the middle class.