All Featured Highlights: Poverty and Opportunity
Oct 30, 2013
| Jodie Levin-Epstein
A Nurse, the Safety Net, and National Discourse
Tears, tissues, and a standing ovation opened a recent briefing on poverty metrics in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the release of Half in Ten’s latest numbers on reaching the goal of cutting poverty in half in 10 years. Chelsey Hagy opened the briefing with her personal story of how she persisted in her goal to become a nurse despite significant hardship. She credited her success to government programs that helped her with a range of expenses, including health care for her special needs son, nursing school costs, and rent subsidies that enabled her young family to keep a roof over their heads. As Hagy recounted her path, she choked on words and dabbed at her eyes. So, too, did some in the audience.
- Jun 11, 2013 Middle Class Families on the Brink Testify in Senate Hearing "In the richest country on earth, millions of families have been left out in the cold," is the tagline for American Winter, a 2013 documentary charting the struggles of eight Oregon families to make ends meet in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. On June 6, three families featured in the film testified during a Senate hearing titled, "State of the American Dream: Economic Policy and the Future of the Middle Class." The hearing, chaired by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, brought into focus the real-life implications of our public policy and gave voice to the struggles of low-income Americans, who our political process too often excludes.
- Jun 05, 2013 LGBT Workers Forced to Play By Different Rules; Poverty Rates High In recent weeks, there has been important attention given to issues affecting the economic wellbeing of LGBT. According to "New Patterns of Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community," a new report from the Williams Institute, employment discrimination can be a key feature of economic status, which is why LGBT are more vulnerable to being poor than heterosexuals.
- Sep 16, 2011 Poverty Impact Projections: What Are They and How They Can Make a Difference This audio conference, a state advocate describes how the number has mattered, a state legislator tells why he wants a poverty impact projection attached to bills, and researchers will discuss how states can tailor analysis to their own policies and programs designed to decrease poverty.
- Aug 23, 2011 At the Forefront: Poverty Impact Projections A Poverty Impact Projection (PIP) is an emerging tool that asks and answers the question at the forefront of the policy process such as, "If we pursue this policy, how much should it increase or decrease poverty?" This new report examines states where PIPs have been considered and offers thoughts about structuring PIPs.
- Jul 28, 2011 Poverty and Opportunity: What Difference Can a Task Force Make? About 20 states, including Washington D.C., have established a state government poverty and opportunity task force. Eleven of these states have set poverty reduction targets, such as cutting poverty in half in a decade. This report profiles four of these task forces in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, and provides an overview of their impacts.
- Dec 10, 2010 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Illinois Poverty Commission Recommendations This Spotlight on Poverty national audio conference featured Illinois state legislators and experts discussing newly released recommendations from the state's poverty commission.
- Sep 14, 2010 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Poverty and the Census Data (MSNBC video) On Sept. 14, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall broadcast a segment on the expected increase in poverty. Jodie Levin-Epstein provided insight.
- Jun 10, 2010 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap
- Jun 01, 2010 | CLASP Audio Conference Fighting U.S. Poverty from the U.K. Experience... "A Conversation with Jane Waldfogel In this 5 minute interview with poverty researcher Jane Waldfogel, learn the lessons and messages out of the U.K.'s ability to cut child poverty in half (in absolute terms) that can help you in your own poverty reduction efforts. How to learn about them quickly?
- Dec 02, 2009 | Dorothy Smith State Poverty Task Forces a Step Ahead on Modern Poverty Measure In the absence of a modern federal measure of poverty, a growing number of state poverty task forces are calling for federal action and have begun exploring alternative ways to more accurately measure income poverty.
- Nov 24, 2009 | Dorothy Smith Measure by Measure: The Current Poverty Measure v. the National Academy of Sciences Measure This audio conference focuses on federal efforts to implement a modernized federal poverty measure and what states can do in the absence of one.
- Sep 29, 2009 | CLASP Recommendations to States for Addressing Poverty in Tough Economic Times
- Sep 16, 2009 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Poverty and Opportunity: State Government Task Forces This publication provides information about how states are addressing poverty through task forces. It includes links to state-specific information such as authorizing legislation and poverty task force reports.
- Sep 08, 2009 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Increasing Low-Income Access to Opportunity This article, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, focuses on the New England region's efforts to give visibility to poverty and opportunity through task force initiatives, summits, and state poverty targets.
- Jan 15, 2009 | Jodie Levin-Epstein and Webb Lyons Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction Target Practice outlines how governments (local, state and the federal) can use targets (goals and timelines to achieve those goals) as a policy tool for reducing poverty by drawing on lessons learned from targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and homelessness.
- Apr 01, 2008 | Jodie Levin-Epstein and Kristen Michelle Gorzelaney Seizing the Moment: State Governments and the New Commitment to Reduce Poverty in America The three leading presidential candidates are now on record with a public commitment to address poverty and opportunity in the United States. This is in concert with growing state efforts and signals a dramatic turnaround in tackling poverty. In just the last two years, one of every five states has taken action to put poverty on the political agenda. This joint report from CLASP and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity outlines those efforts and provides charts detailing action by policy area.