Launched in 2008, the Half in Ten campaign aims to cut poverty in half over a 10-year period through three major initiatives: raising the minimum wage, making the tax code work better for low-income families and empowering workers who are eligible for child care services. This report looks at the economic challenges facing families in the United States and outlines a set of priorities for addressing these challenges.

October 1, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of poverty in America.

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    How to expand the middle class and reduce poverty over 10 years.

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    Strategies to support families so they can raise their children in safe, stable environments.

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    Strategies to achieve and sustain middle class status.

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    Work supports for low-wage earners.

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    Half in Ten campaign policy priorities.

Key Takeaway

A Matter of National Interest

Ending poverty is in our national interest. Our growing population and increasing diversity are sources of economic strength. But we need to provide economic opportunities to all Americans to capitalize on these demographic trends. There are concrete steps we can take to turn the tide on the crisis of poverty.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations