Visit this site to read about the issue of poverty including estimates and distribution as well as other resources: http://www.policyalmanac.org/social_welfare/poverty.shtml Amy Sample Ward
Public policy issues and initiatives influencing poverty policies, programs, and eradication.
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Current Issues Related to Poverty
Oregon Housing and Community Services Report on Poverty – 2008
Download the PDF: http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/ISD/RA/docs/08_PovertyReport.pdf
Oregon Food Bank
Click here to download "Profiles of Poverty and Hunger in Oregon 2006" from OFB. Download
Includes some good data
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Click here to see OCPP's Reports and Publications on poverty: http://www.ocpp.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?page=reports
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
a comprehensive look at wealth, poverty and the financial security of families in the United States. The Scorecard assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well residents are faring and what states can do to help residents build and protect assets.
Oregon Report from The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
What Oregon Can Do
There are many policies that Oregon could enact to improve its climate for asset building and preservation:
EXPAND THE REFUNDABLE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT: To help low-wage workers afford food and other needs, Oregon should increase the value of the Oregon credit to 18% of the federal credit.
REMOVE REMAINING ASSET LIMITS FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS: To encourage savings and employment, Oregon should remove restrictive asset limits in public benefit programs.
PROMOTE AND PRESERVE HOMEOWNERSHIP: To increase homeownership rates and prevent foreclosures, Oregon should ensure access to foreclosure prevention services and safe, affordable mortgage products.
Overall Grade: C
Washington Report from The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
What Washington Can Do
There are many policies that Washington could enact to improve its climate for asset building and preservation:
INVEST IN MICROENTERPRISE: To boost its low rates of microenterprise and small business ownership, Washington should make small business capital more widely available through microloan programs, restore funding for Individual Development Accounts and invest in training for microentrepreneurs.
PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP: To lower the cost burden shouldered by homeowners and increase the homeownership rate, especially among lower-income Washingtonians, the state should do more to support first-time homebuyers and ensure that prospective homeowners can access safe, affordable mortgage products.
PROTECT CONSUMERS: To reduce the credit card and installment debt burden of its residents, Washington should enact policies to take a stronger stance against payday lending and other usurious practices that harm consumers.
Overall Grade: A
- U.S. Census Bureau Poverty in the United States
related articles in wikipedia:
- Income in the United States
- Income inequality in the United States
- The Other America by Michael Harrington (ISBN 0-684-82678-X)
- Two Americas
- Lowest-income counties in the United States
- International Ranking of Household Income
- List of Average Wages per Country
- Human Poverty Index
- Mississippi Teacher Corps
- Poverty by country
- Federal assistance in the United States
- Basic Income
- Negative Income Tax
- Tipping Point Community
- Redistributive change
- De-industrialization crisis