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Weathering the Recession

The recent financial crisis has shown the importance of asset building. This report sheds light on how families fared during the Great Recession, looking at those living in low-income neighborhoods who may see disproportionate effects from the crisis.

January 1, 2012

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Intersecting Worlds

This report — tailor-made for the Affordable Care Act era — tells how four tax-preparation programs are breaking the mold and tackling the world of health care enrollment. Readers will learn the challenges and opportunities associated with such a move, which has the potential to help millions of low-income Americans take a critical first step toward a healthier future.  

Published September 12, 2014

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Fresh Strategies for Creating Jobs at Big Ideas for Jobs

The Big Ideas for Jobs project has once again tapped into the minds of some of the brightest experts from a variety of fields to come up with a new set of ideas that can lead to sustainable jobs today. Their proposals span areas of federal policy, industries and entrepreneurship.

Published August 25, 2014

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The Power of Sector Strategies: Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers

For two decades, the Casey Foundation has supported sector-based workforce development as a strategy for increasing jobs and career opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults. A new book, Connecting People to Work, charts what the field has learned about this strategy and what lies ahead.

Published June 16, 2014

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What Happens to Housing Assistance Leavers?

Using data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Moving to Opportunity demonstration, along with HOPE VI panel study, this report explores the reasons and rationale for families to leave housing assistance – and how their experiences compare with those households that remain on assistance. 

Published June 6, 2014

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Big Ideas for Job Creation

How best to address the nation's unemployment rate? Thirteen of the country's most innovative thinkers offer big ideas worthy of consideration and potential investment.

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Improving Access to Public Benefits

Not all families are able to gain access to the benefits for which they are eligible. What can funders, communities and the government do to connect low-income families to these supports.

Stories From the Field

A Young Mom Gets a Second Chance for a High School Diploma and a Future

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Haydee Almanza didn’t think she would need a high school diploma when she dropped out at age 18. She didn’t think she’d need it when she found a steady job at a Los Angeles clothing shop. It wasn’t until she had her first child at age 21 that the reality hit her.

I wanted my son to have a parent with a high school diploma,” says Almanza, now age 25. “I wanted to finish. I wanted him to know what was possible.