The High Cost of Being Poor: Essay From the 2003 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Another Perspective on Helping Low-Income Families Get By and Get Ahead

Working and raising a family is hard, but it’s even harder — and more expensive — when you’re poor. This essay highlights the many ways that low-income households pay more for basic goods and services. It also spells out Casey’s four-pronged plan for helping America’s poorest workers move beyond living paycheck to paycheck to build a brighter — and more financially secure — future.  

January 1, 2003

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AdvoCasey: Summer 2002

Work First, What Next?

This edition of AdvoCasey explores how welfare reform has evolved to reconnect families to the economic mainstream. It spotlights welfare-to-work models that are helping participants find jobs, build skills and move up the career ladder. It also reviews how welfare reform impact kids and what challenges many families face when they leave the welfare rolls.      

June 20, 2002

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AdvoCasey: Spring 2002

Paul Revere Rides Again: Inside the Remarkable Rise of the Houston Public Schools

This issue of AdvoCasey starts with an article examining the academic transformation of schools in Houston, then delivers a story on Chicago’s Child-Parent Centers before moving to Miami to spotlight innovative treatments for substance-using teens. The final story lands in Tulsa, Okla., and tells how a local nonprofit is helping working poor families avoid expensive tax preparation fees, maximize refunds and save for the future.  AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication of the Foundation that covers some serious ground. Each themed issue spotlights programs and policies that have made measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

March 21, 2002

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Repealing the Hidden Tax

This article, which originally appeared in the spring 2002 issue of AdvoCasey, tells how a nonprofit in Tulsa, Okla., is helping working poor families avoid expensive tax preparers, maximize refunds and save for the future. The Foundation produced AdvoCasey as a seasonal publication with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

March 21, 2002

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AdvoCasey: Spring 2001

Heavy Duty

This issue of AdvoCasey examines options for providing tax breaks to those who need them most — poor and near-poor working families. Readers will also learn about critical housing needs nationwide and specific state-based efforts to connect residents to health care and better child care options.    AdvoCasey is a seasonal Casey newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

March 21, 2001

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AdvoCasey: Summer 1999

“Above Average” Welfare Reform

This edition of AdvoCasey examines the ripple of changes sparked by the landmark federal welfare law of 1996. Readers will learn about an array of financial incentive programs — in both the United States and Canada — that are helping welfare recipients secure work and bigger paychecks. A smaller story reviews one of America’s most effective anti-poverty programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit.  

June 20, 1999

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