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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.