A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a foundation-led, non-partisan initiative aimed at ensuring that our political leaders take significant actions to reduce poverty and increase opportunity in the United States.

Spotlight on the States

Spotlight on the States - State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

Issue Areas

Issue Areas focus on select topics that are critical to understanding the full scope of poverty in the United States and the steps lawmakers must take to ensure that low-income Americans have access to economic mobility.  Each topic area offers the latest news, research and opinions from policymakers, advocates and experts in the field. Spotlight also offers links to organization that track developments and make policy recommendations in these critical areas.

  • Aging
  • Asset Building
  • Child and Youth Well-Being
  • Digital Divide
  • Education: K-12 and Higher Education
  • Environment
  • Families
  • Food
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Jobs: Job Quality and Pathways to Employment
  • Justice System
  • LGBT
  • Place-Based: Cities and Rural Areas
  • Politics
  • Poverty Measurement
  • Public Benefits
  • Racial Equity
  • Tax and Budget
  • Transportation
  • Women

Additional Topics

Articles on Data

Poverty in Mass Culture - short television series, documentaries and films highlighting the issues that low-income Americans face.

What Works - listing of web-based “what works” collections covering a range of subject areas and including different threshold levels of evaluation.


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