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Rent Burden, Housing Subsidies and the Well-being of Children and Youth

2011

This report looks at the issue of rent burden, which is defined as spending more than 30 percent of household income on rent. Between 2002 and 2009, the proportion of households with children affected by rent burden increased significantly.

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Big Ideas for Jobs Creation: Rethinking Work Opportunity From Tax Credits to Subsidized Job Placements

2011

This paper looks at proposals from more than a dozen leading experts who have come up with practical, scalable proposals that will create more jobs for the U.S. economy.

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Accessing Credit Reports for Foster Youth: A Reference Guide for Child Welfare Agencies

2013

This guide describes the basic processes for requesting credit reports for youth in foster care from the three credit bureaus. It introduces some key benefits and challenges associated with interpreting different types of credit reports and presents decision makers with ideas and approaches to consider in helping youth review their credit reports, resolve inaccuracies and protect against future errors, identity theft or fraud. Finally, it reinforces the importance of good credit as a financial asset that youth can begin to build as they transition out of foster care and into successful adulthood.

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Youth and Credit: Resources for Young People

2013

These fliers are practical sources of information that caseworkers and others can provide to youth and young adults. Depicting different scenarios involving credit and identity theft, they speak directly to young people experiencing each situation.

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Lack of Protection for Home Care Workers: Overtime Pay and Minimum Wage

2012

This brief examines overtime hours and hourly wages among home health aides and personal care aides (many of whom are not currently covered by the FLSA), and compares them with hospital aides and nursing home aides, a group that is typically covered by the FLSA.

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Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity

2012

In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Casey Foundation finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy.

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Weathering the Recession: The Financial Crisis and Family Wealth Changes in Low-Income Neighborhoods

2012

Assets help families meet short-term needs and attain long-term goals, assisting them in weathering financial crises — job loss or unexpected bills — and realizing goals such as owning a home, financing retirement or investing in higher education or a small business. The recent financial crisis has shown both the importance of asset building and that it is by no means a risk-free proposition. This report sheds more light on how families have fared during the Great Recession, looking more closely at those living in low-income neighborhoods who may see disproportionate effects from the crisis due to targeted subprime lending, less access to traditional credit sources and higher unemployment rates. It uses the variation in household and neighborhood characteristics within and across several low-income neighborhoods that were part of the Foundation’s Making Connections initiative to identify the families most affected by the crisis and examines the relationship between household and place characteristics and changes in wealth.

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