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Advocating for State and Federal Anti-poverty Strategies

February 12, 2013


1. Raise the minimum wage and keep it at half the average hourly wage (as it was in the 1950s and 1960s).

2. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, and make the Child Tax Credit refundable (if you don’t owe taxes, you get a check).

3. Promote unionization.

4. Provide child care assistance for all families that need it, and raise the income ceiling.

5. Provide more housing vouchers for low-income families, and help them move to areas with good jobs and public services.

6. Make sure all children and parents have access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance.

7. Help former prisoners find stable employment and reintegrate into their communities.

8. Increase eligibility for unemployment insurance for low-income and part-time workers.

9. Simplify and improve public benefits, such as welfare and food stamps. Focus the welfare program on helping people find sustainable jobs.

10. Improve access to affordable products and financial services in low-income communities; expand mortgage assistance and outlaw unfair lending practices.

11. Support Individual Development Accounts, which match savings for low- and moderate-income families.

12. Protect families’ assets when they enroll in public programs like health insurance and food stamps.

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty and the Center for American Progress.

Originally written by Eve Pearlman.