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Help us Prevent Poverty Across Pennsylvania

Living in poverty, or avoiding it, poses a range of challenges aside from just housing: health, employment, safety, education, and much more. While these aspects of life often parallel an individual or family’s housing situation, they are also an important piece of their experience and their well-being.



    • In wake of lawsuit, voter registrations up at Pennsylvania’s county assistance sites

      By Kate Giammarise Published: September 19, 2016 Since 2012, when a lawsuit was settled over voter registration issues, county assistance offices have submitted voter registration applications or change of address updates for more than 160,000 Pennsylvanians, according to a tally of statistics from the state. The lawsuit alleged that spot-checks and interviews with those who …more

    • Is financial unsteadiness the new normal?

      By: Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider Published: July 25, 2016 When we think about household income, we usually think of annual income. Annual income totals are what we use to assess whether a household is poor, middle class, or rich. It’s how taxes are calculated. It’s how eligibility for a lot of programs, including housing and …more

    • The ripple effects of income volatility

      By:  Joanna Smith-Ramani and David Mitchell Published: July 25, 2016 With all of the attention on the “gig economy” and the future of work in the U.S., income volatility—the idea that workers today are not only seeing their wages stagnate, but also fluctuate more than ever before—is now coming to be viewed as a key …more

    • Welfare to Work? How people are faring 20 years after welfare reform

      By: Kate Giammarise Published: August 22, 2016 Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law. The sweeping overhaul was meant to move people from welfare to work and to end what critics saw as a cycle of dependence that kept families in poverty. The law has resulted in far fewer people …more

    • Housing and community development advocates warn Congress about impacts of a long-term continuing resolution

      By: NLIHC Published: August 15, 2016 The Campaign for Housing and Community Development (CHCDF) delivered a statement to Members of Congress explaining why a long-term stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), puts the FY17 affordable housing budget at risk. CHCDF urged lawmakers to enact clean, full-year FY17 spending bills for HUD and …more

    • HUD, DOJ, and HHS release joint letter providing information regarding access to federally funded life-saving services and housing for immigrants

      By: HUD Exchange Published: August 11, 2016 Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint letter reminding recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies …more

    • Can counties fix rural America’s endless recession?

      By: Alan Greenblatt Published: August 2016 A blower arches several stories into the sky, spraying enough wood chips to form a small mountain. It’s part of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in the small Oregon town of Toledo, a hundred miles southwest of Portland. The plant processes wood chips and recycled materials into 2,500 tons of cardboard …more

    • FACT SHEET: Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

      By: The White House Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities …more

    • Obama administration designates 9 new promise zones

      By: Kathleen Hennessey Published: June 6, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) " The Obama administration has added nine communities to its effort to ease access to federal aid and cut red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing. The newly selected so-called Promise Zones include neighborhoods in Nashville, south Los Angeles, the west side …more

    • Barriers to work leave many on welfare

      By Sandy Scarmack  Published: May 12, 2016 HERMITAGE – Though she acknowledges significant hurdles for people who want to get off welfare and get a job, Hope Couch, who once worked in the industry that provides cash assistance to low-income families, said she still believes work is the way out of poverty. Speaking at the …more