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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

How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurantModernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.

by Brendan Duke | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda

Job seekers attend a job fair.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.

by Rachel West | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Improving Economic Opportunity

article icon 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.

by Melissa Boteach and Megan Martin | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ryan Budget in Sheep’s Clothing?

Paul Ryan speechHouse 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.

by Melissa Boteach and Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Speech Rep. Ryan Should Give

Rep. Paul RyanIf 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.

by Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Missing the Point

Chief Illiniwek performs book_alt2 icon Report The harmful impacts of the Washington football team’s name are part of a much larger problem in our country, and one in which local, state, and federal education agencies can make a difference.

by Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

by Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Social Security Disability Insurance

mother wheelchair article icon Issue Brief Social Security Disability Insurance has been a core pillar of our nation’s Social Security system for nearly six decades, offering critical protection when Americans need it most.

by Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Renewed Promise

North Philadelphia book_alt2 icon Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.

by Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Universal Credit: A Primer

Internet article icon Issue Brief The United Kingdom’s overhaul of its social safety net, known as the Universal Credit, raises many concerns, and policymakers should be cautious about considering it as a model for reforming the U.S. system.

by Melissa Boteach, Helly Lee, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, and Megan Martin | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moving the War on Poverty Forward

article icon Issue Brief A new study about how Millennials view federal anti-poverty efforts finds that they are more likely than older Americans to face direct economic problems.

by John Halpin and Karl Agne | Wednesday, February 19, 2014