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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

5 Things We Can Do to Cut Poverty Today

play_alt icon Video Economic inequality is rising and one in six Americans live in poverty. Here are five concrete steps we can take to significantly reduce poverty today.

by Andrew Satter, Mira Barnum, and the Half in Ten Education Fund Team | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Legacy of Roe v. Wade and the War on Poverty

Legalized abortion has helped vulnerable women realize the promise of the War on Poverty.

by Heidi Williamson | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed Americans

Kaine and Levin walk to Senate unemployment test voteIncome inequality seems set to become the hot-button issue of the new year, as politicians and citizens alike turn their attention to the unemployed.

by Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The War on Poverty: Then and Now

LBJ declares War on Poverty book_alt2 icon Report Fifty years after the launch of the War on Poverty, it’s time to apply our lessons learned to today’s economic and social challenges to usher in a new era of shared prosperity.

by Melissa Boteach, Erik Stegman, Sarah Baron, Tracey Ross, and Katie Wright | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

50 Years After LBJ’s War on Poverty

book_alt2 icon Report A major new study of public attitudes about poverty, work, and economic opportunity reveals that many Americans remain in economic hardship and desire new efforts to provide low-income families with good paying jobs, greater access to education, and more supportive communities to raise their children.

by John Halpin and Karl Agne | Tuesday, January 7, 2014