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Out of Reach 2017 – National Low Income Housing Coalition

NLIHC’s annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home with spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs. An interactive map provides access to state and local data.

2015 CSBG State Fact Sheets – NASCSP

The National Association for Community Services Programs has released 2015 CSBG State Fact Sheets, which provide state-by-state highlights of the CSBG Network.

2015 CSBG Highlights – NASCSP

The National Association for State Community Services Programs has released 2015 CSBG Highlights. CSBG Network National Performance Outcomes are among the items featured reflecting how the CSBG Network addressed 33.3 million conditions of poverty in FY14.

4 out of 5 People Experience Economic Hardship by Age 60!

The Importance of Social Safety Net Programs by Rick Cohen describes findings from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics revealing that nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience economic hardship. The article includes many public opinion surveys showing Americans are hostile to government spending on poverty. Urging nonprofit leadership to demonstrate to the majority of Americans that anti-poverty programs aren’t simply for “other people” but are likely to be needed and potentially used by four-fifths of Americans at some time in their lives.

Interview with Denise Harlow: Nonprofit Quarterly

Denise Harlow is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership. The Community Action Partnership is a national, nonprofit organization that works to strengthen, promote, represent and serve its network of member Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to assure that the issues of poverty are effectively presented and addressed.

ALICE Reports: Working, but unable to afford basic necessities

United Way, with its research partner Rutgers University, developed a series of new, standardized measurements that quantify the size of the workforce that is struggling financially in six states, and the reasons why. These measurements provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than traditional federal poverty guidelines.

2014 CSBG State Fact Sheets

The National Association for Community Services Programs (NASCSP) has released 2014 CSBG State Fact Sheets, which provide state-by-state highlights of the CSBG Network.

2014 CSBG Highlights

The National Association for State Community Services Programs has released 2014 CSBG Highlights. CSBG Network National Performance Outcomes are among the items featured reflecting how the CSBG Network addressed 31.5 million conditions of poverty in FY13.

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community.

Community Action: Then and Now

It was in the late 80’s when the national show, “CBS Sunday Morning” featured a story on TAP and the organization’s War on Poverty. Nearly three-decades later, the fight continues. TAP is the designated Community Action Agency based in Roanoke, Virginia.

County Judge Leads Effort to Address Poverty

San Augustine County is experiencing the challenges of rural East Texas. Macro-level community issues such as poverty, unemployment and lack of services severely impact the quality of life and well-being of the county residents. Under the direction of County Judge Samye Johnson, a comprehensive county needs assessment was designed and implemented to explore these realities.

Making Valentine’s Day a Community Action Day

The Kansas Association of Community Action Programs has “Living the Promise” Wristbands (featuring the oh-so-timely Community Action “Huggy Heart”) and the beautiful Poverty: A-Z Postcard Books, that, if you order this week, will be delivered by Valentine’s Day 2014.