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United Nations Report Highlights Extreme Poverty in the US
23 Mar

United Nations Report Highlights Extreme Poverty in the US

This past December, Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur, spent two weeks observing extreme poverty in the US. His visit comes as drastic shifts in US poverty policy are taking place because of cuts in welfare programs and changes in tax laws. Dr. Alston concludes: “The United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty.”

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Understanding Poverty Programs
09 Jan

Understanding Poverty Programs

In this Insights with Dick Goldberg podcast, Dick takes a big-picture look at US Poverty Programs. To do this, he talks with Dr. Tim Smeeding, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008-2014 and the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. Tim provides an overview of US poverty programs, discusses some challenges they face and provides suggestions for improvements in the future.

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In The News: Good Nutrition Vital for Young Children
04 Jan

In The News: Good Nutrition Vital for Young Children

Research continues to confirm the importance of good nutrition for children. In fact, according to Too Small to Fail, the first two years may be the most important. But the effects of good nutrition began even earlier: they begin in-utero. Even as we understand more about the importance of early nutrition though, we are still faced with the staggering fact that more than 17 million children in the US live in households struggling to put food on the table.

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In the News:  Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP
01 Jul

In the News: Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. In 2015, it helped more than 45 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month.

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In the News:  Wisconsin Poverty Report, May 2017
01 Jul

In the News: Wisconsin Poverty Report, May 2017

A major finding of this year’s report is that market-income poverty, which measures resources from private earnings and investment income, fell by 1.5 percentage points from the previous year. Meanwhile, benefits from the safety net, especially food support and refundable tax credits, played an important role in poverty reduction.

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In the News:  The Working Poor
04 Apr

In the News: The Working Poor

"According to a recent report from the USDA, an increasing share of individuals who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps, live in households where at least one person is working. Nearly 32 percent of SNAP households are home to at least one wage-earner, according to the most recent data on the program, compared to only 19.6 percent in 1989, as far back as USDA data is available."

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In the News:  Helping Hungry Students
04 Apr

In the News: Helping Hungry Students

"Feeling hungry feels scary. If satisfying their stomach makes them feel less afraid, less anxious, more cared for ... everything else becomes easier."

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In the News:  The Housing Market
01 Jul

In the News: The Housing Market

A study commissioned by Dane County last year concluded the county needs to produce between 16,000 and 31,000 low-cost housing units in the next 26 years to meet existing and future needs. In Madison, virtually all of the post-recession increase in supply has been in units unaffordable to households making less than $40,000, said Matt Wachter, the city's housing initiatives specialist."

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In the News:  New York Times article on Growing Up Poor in America
08 Nov

In the News: New York Times article on Growing Up Poor in America

"Bethany and Cassidy are similar — both ebullient, friendly personalities, charming and quick to laugh. But in effect they grew up on different planets. And anybody who blames Bethany for her troubles doesn’t understand the axiom of America today: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not."

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In the News:  Children’s brains develop in relationships
01 Nov

In the News: Children’s brains develop in relationships

Children’s brains develop in relationships. The developing brain is built from the bottom up, simple skills that create the foundation for more complex connections and skills that develop later. For the brain to construct this strong foundation, babies rely on adults who are available to respond consistently.

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