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Making Tough Choices: United Way Simulation Educates People about Living with Financial Hardships
03 Sep

Making Tough Choices: United Way Simulation Educates People about Living with Financial Hardships

Nearly 26% of households in Wisconsin live above the poverty line but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. These families are known as ALICE families. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. United Way's simulation lets you try to navigate through some of the tough choices these families face.

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Working Together to Create Stability
02 Sep

Working Together to Create Stability

Nick* and Brenda* were working hard to care for their boys but just making ends meet. Then Brenda’s mom, who cared for their kids while they worked, suddenly became ill. Brenda had to quit her job to stay home with the kids. With almost no savings, money was running out fast. That’s when they learned about MOM.

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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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