Safety Net Program More Effective Than Previously Thought

A recently released report from the Brookings Institution shows that previous analysis of Census data showed that safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half. According to data released recently by the Urban Institute, which correct for underreporting of key government benefits in the Census survey, reveal an even stronger impact: the safety net reduced the poverty rate from 29.1 percent to 13.8 percent in 2012 and lifted 48 million people above the poverty line, including 12 million children.

June 2015 Newsletter Interview: Lauren Stillwell, Program Officer at The Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Tell us about your funding portfolio.  What kinds of efforts are you focusing on right now? Washington Area Women’s Foundation is focused on increasing the economic security of low-income women and girls. We do this by investing in asset building, workforce development, and early care and education.  To date, we have invested nearly $8 million…

April 2015 – Making Work Pay: Understanding the impact of the EITC and other tax credits on the lives of low income families

The EITC Funders Network, the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families co-hosted an informative session with the authors of It’s Not Like I’m Poor, a newly released book that highlights how low income families are faring since the welfare reforms enacted in the 1990s. In the wake of welfare reform…

Understanding the Impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides federal funding for training to help unemployed and underemployed workers qualify for better jobs. The new law is substantially different from its predecessor, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), in its emphasis on targeting low-income adults and youth with limited training and skills to…