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4 Things Communities Must Do to Become Promise Zones

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.

By Tracey Ross | Friday, September 19, 2014

Protesters block traffic

The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

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.

By Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

furnace factory

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

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.

By Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

bars icon 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.

By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility

article icon 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.

By Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ferguson

Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?

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.

By Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities

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.

By Tracey Ross | Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Time for a 21st Century Social Contract

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

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Reimagining Our Social Contract: The Safety Net Is Social Insurance for All Americans

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.

By Melissa Boteach | Monday, August 11, 2014

Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurant

How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Modernizing 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

Job seekers attend a job fair.

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

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

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