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Topic Poverty Public Policy
Almanac of Policy Issues
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.



Poverty is a condition in which a person or community is deprived of, or lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life. Since poverty is understood in many senses, these essentials may be material resources such as food, safe drinking water, and shelter, or they may be social resources such as access to information, education, health care, social status, political power, or the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other people in society. - Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty Amy Sample Ward

+resources and best practices
Management of Social Transformations
"MOST focuses on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice. The programme promotes a culture of evidence-based policy-making – nationally, regionally and internationally."

1 rue Miollis
75015 Paris
Chief, Section of Policy: Christina von Furstenberg


Current Issues Related to Poverty


Energy Assistance

  • Energy Assistance Snapshot 2008:   PDF
  • Oregon Energy Coordinators Association   www.warmandsafenow.com
  • Warm Oregon   www.warmoregon.org
  • National Fuel Funds Network   www.nationalfuelfunds.org
  • Weatherization   www.eere.energy.gov/weatherization/

    Health Care

  • Oregonians for Health Security   www.oregoniansforhealthsecurity.org
  • Oregon Health Action Campaign   www.ohac.org
  • Families USA   www.familiesusa.org
  • Kaiser Family Foundation   www.kff.org


  • The State of Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Oregon
  • Oregon Coalition on Housing and Homelessness   www.ochh.org


  • Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force   www.oregonhunger.org
  • Oregon Food Bank   www.oregonfoodbank.org
  • Second Harvest   www.secondharvest.org
  • Food Research and Action Center   www.frac.org

    Income Inequality

  • Oregon Center for Public Policy   www.ocpp.home.org
  • Economic Policy Institute/Center    www.cbpp.org
  • Earned Income Tax Credit    www.cashoregon.org

    TANF Reauthorization

  • DHS Tanf information

    Oregon Housing and Community Services Report on Poverty – 2008

    Download the PDF:  http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/ISD/RA/docs/08_PovertyReport.pdf

    Phoebe Owens

    Oregon Food Bank
    Click here to download "Profiles of Poverty and Hunger in Oregon 2006" from OFB.  Download
    Includes some good data 

    Kim Thomas


    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.

    Created and managed by CFED http://scorecard.cfed.org/

    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