Poverty is a concern not only for individuals and families, but for the economy as a whole. For more than 15 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has partnered with policy leaders to confront the problem of child and family poverty. Casey’s Congressional call-to-action in this 2009 report recommends several changes that promote proven practices in creating economic opportunity for our most vulnerable families.
More than 37 million people lived below the official poverty level of $21,203 for a family of four.
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Creating effective policy for economic workforce expansion must include an accurate measure of who is in need.
U.S. workers compete with labor in countries that have lower earnings expectations and lower living standards.
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Helping the growing number of American families facing poverty today will require a coordinated, highly focused effort that cuts across ideological and partisan lines. At the Annie E. Casey Foundation we know that there are many concrete, practical strategies available that can quickly make a difference in the lives of millions of struggling families. It has become increasingly clear that the public is prepared to support such efforts. Now all we need is the political will to take the next step.
Through that work we have come to believe that in addition to providing help to those in need, including adequate nutrition, housing, health and child care, effective poverty reduction efforts must take a two-generational approach. Such an approach would stabilize and strengthen the economic conditions of an adult generation of workers marginalized by global market forces, helping them increase their incomes, build savings and assets, and stabilize their finances.