Project of the Half in Ten Education Fund, which is a project of Center for American Progress.
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Tags: Poverty—a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund—is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty. In fact, if we create the political will, we can cut poverty by half in ten years. Here you will find basic data about poverty in America; hear from people living in poverty and people dedicated to the fight against poverty; and get involved with local, state and national organizations to take action. is a bridge between local and national voices, grassroots activism and policy work, and those who are struggling and those who are more economically secure. At, discover a vibrant antipoverty community and your place in it.

Half in Ten Education Fund is a project of the Center for American Progress to educate and mobilize the public around policies and programs to cut U.S. poverty in half in 10 years.


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Minimum Wage Increases Are Great. But Only If Workers Actually Get Them.

Elena Botella
January 30, 2020
But when cities and states take action to raise wages, they often ignore a pretty obvious problem: across most of the country, employers routinely skirt paying the minimum wage, overtime wages, or contractually promised wages, with little fear of facing consequences.

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Wage Theft Is an Epidemic. Here’s How We Can Help Fix It

Nadia Hewka, Michael Hollander
February 2, 2016
Underenforcement of wage-theft laws mean employers shrug off consequences and exploit low-wage workers.

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Criminal Justice Reform Will Fall Short If We Fail to Invest in Civil Legal Aid

Rebecca Vallas
October 27, 2015
Unless policymakers also invest in civil legal aid to support formerly incarcerated people who are re-entering their communities, efforts to dismantle mass incarceration are doomed to fail.

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Cutting the Poverty Rate with Civil Legal Aid

Martha Bergmark
September 28, 2015
How civil legal aid prevents poverty and injustice.

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Civil Legal Aid Must Play a Larger Role in Disaster Recovery

Laura Tuggle
August 27, 2015
Civil legal aid is an underappreciated model for how we should react to future disasters.


Disability & Poverty: Breaking the Link
July 30, 2015
July 26th marked 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Talley Wells, Director of the Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society talk about how far we’ve come—and how far we still have to go.

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The Push and Pull Towards an Inclusive Nation

Talley Wells
July 27, 2015
Reflections on disability rights from civil legal aid attorney at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act.

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Kids Should be Focused on Homework, Not Working to Find a Home

Katara Jordan
July 22, 2015
We can't expect kids to succeed in school when they don't have a home. Here's how to combat student homelessness.

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Ending ‘Debtors Prisons’ for Arkansas Renters

Amy Johnson
June 5, 2015
Arkansas has been called the worst place to rent in America. This article dives into the controversial failure-to-vacate statute that criminalizes being late on rent.

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New Ruling Highlights Why We Need the REDEEM Act

Sharon Dietrich
June 3, 2015

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Bank of America Settlement and the Need for Legal Aid Lawyers

Julia Gordon, Sarah Edelman
November 30, 2014
Unnecessary foreclosures could be avoided by equal access to civil legal aid lawyers.

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Civil legal assistance saves money and helps people escape poverty

Lonnie A. Powers
January 27, 2015
In this post, Lonnie Powers of Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation makes a powerful case for how ‪#‎LegalAid‬ makes economic sense while at the same time reducing ‪#‎poverty‬. The piece includes some excellent links and important historical references.

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The Best Poverty Journalism in 2014

Rebecca Vallas
January 6, 2015
In 2015, will recognize strong media coverage of poverty on an ongoing basis.  To get that effort started, here’s a look back at some of the best poverty journalism in 2014. These 20 stories and op-eds drew attention to critical but underreported issues, rebutted persistent myths, shed light on barriers to economic security and mobility, lifted up policy solutions, provided insightful commentary on media coverage of poverty, or even served as a catalyst for change.

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