Welfare / Poverty
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Assets & Opportunity Scorecard – the leading source for data on household financial security and policy solutions. Recent gains and losses are presented as an interactive map with 12 scorecard policy priorities by state, Washington, DC.
Center for Family Economic Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation – through the CFES, the Foundation is investing in a comprehensive, two-generation approach to help these isolated families secure adequate incomes, stabilize their finances, accumulate savings, and live in vibrant, economically viable neighborhoods.
Center for Impact Research – a not-for-profit organization that works towards the elimination of poverty through grass-roots research; identifies innovative policy strategies; collaborates with low-income persons, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies; and formulates new solutions to the problems of poverty, Chicago, IL.
Center for Law and Social Policy – a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance and advocacy related to issues on economic security for low-income families with children, Washington, DC. Read new release announcing new executive director.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs that affect moderate-and-low-income people, Washington, DC. See Off the Charts Blog.
Child and Adult Care Food Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture – a federal nutrition entitlement program that provides subsidies to shelters and day care centers for meals provided to qualifying adults and children. Under the program, homeless and domestic violence shelters may receive a subsidy for meals provided to children living in such facilities, Washington, DC.
Domestic Violence Resources, The Finance Project – a specialized non-profit research, consulting, technical assistance and training firm for public and private sector leaders nationwide. We help leaders make smart investment decisions, develop sound financial strategies, and build solid partnerships that benefit children, families and communities, Washington, DC.
Economic Self-Sufficiency Project – an
innovative effort initiated in 1996, links
three national partner organizations – the
for Enterprise Development, the
Foundation for Women, and
the National Economic Development and Law Center – to
provide resources and technical assistance
to community-based advocates and states on
human resource investment policies.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights – advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society, Chicago, IL.
Inequality.org – created to served as a dependable portal of information. Too much inequality, we believe, undermines democracy, community, culture, and economic health. Because the problem is so important, accuracy is important, and we are committed to presenting the best and latest information.
Legal Momentum ~ Women and Poverty – ensuring economic and personal security for women and girls. Our programs include: TANF: A Social Safety Net for Women and Families; Women and Poverty in America; and Single Parents, New York, NY. See the 2011 Annual Report.
LIFETIME (Low-Income Families' Empowerment through Education) – the mission is to empower low-income parents to determine, pursue and achieve their goals for education, employment and economic security. Our goal is to help low-income parent enroll in, continue and successfully complete higher education and training – a long-term investment in poor families with lasting results: upon earning a college degree, 90 percent of parents receiving welfare get jobs earning enough to exit the welfare rolls; a year later, 90 percent are still employed, earning average wages of $25,000 per year; up to 11 percent earn over $30,000 per year; and 23 percent go on to get graduate degrees, San Leandro, CA.
Migrant Clinicians Network – founded as a network focused on health of America's migrant farmworkers, MCN has retained this special population as a core value while also acknowledging its leadership and responsibility in assisting the health of other mobile, poor, and culturally displaced populations, Austin, TX.
National Center for Children and Poverty – identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the U.S. and that improve the lives of low-income children and families, New York, NY. See State-specific data of children in poor and low-income families by age.
National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy – conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty. The NPC: awards research grants to emerging scholars; conducts large-scale research programs; mentors visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows; trains individuals on poverty research and data analysis; engages nearly 200 research affiliates from institutions across the country; coordinates and presents at national seminars, conferences and policy forums; disseminates over 200 working papers and policy briefs; and publishes edited volumes highlighting NPC-supported poverty research, Ann Arbor, MI.
Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children & Families – programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), American Recovery and Reinvestment (TANF Emergency Contingency Fund) and Healthy Marriage, Washington, DC.
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER) – an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated, Olympia, WA.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law – provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center achieves its mission through three interconnected programs: advocacy, communication and training. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation's equal justice providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients, Chicago, IL.
Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse – is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action – is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans. Through the ongoing exchange of ideas, research and data, Spotlight seeks to inform the policy debate about reducing poverty and increasing opportunity in the United States, Washington, DC.
Poverty Data Resource Guide – in the fall of 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2012. During the next few months, Spotlight will post resources on this page to help journalists, policymakers and advocates locate timely analysis, statements and events examining the new data.
Spotlight on the States – state and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. This website features a map which allows you to hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.
for Needy Families, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin, TX.
for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Transformation ~ Projects: Improving the Application Process, Texas Health and Human Services Commission – a menu of options for consumers applying for state services, including Medicaid, food stamps, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and long-term care. In the new system, Texans will be able to apply for services by phone, in person, over the Internet and by fax or mail, Austin, TX.
Urban Institute – a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization, Washington, DC.
Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – provides peer-to-peer technical assistance to public agencies and private organizations operating the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Technical assistance is provided through a variety of mechanisms: peer-to-peer site visits, workshops, moderated teleconferences and interactive Q&A sessions. The Web site also highlights policy relevant research, innovative programs, related links and upcoming events, Washington, DC.
Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly the Women's Edge Coalition) – the leading non-profit organization shaping U.S. policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty, Washington, DC.