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    Work Works at Tennessee Faith-Based Organization

    In 1999, the Memphis zip code ranked as the third poorest in the country. Home to the Cleaborn and Foote housing projects, unemployment sat above 70 percent. Almost 50 percent of the community lacked a high school degree. Drugs and gangs plagued the community, and most residents had dim prospects … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 29, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. House passes Boehner’s Budget Control Act – Amanda Carey It’s time for an American renaissance – Robert Moffitt After Oslo: Lessons For The United States – James Jay Carafano Voters receive … More

    The Left Misses the Point on Poverty in America

    It turns out that if you question how the U.S. government defines poverty in America, the left doesn’t like it. Last week, Heritage’s Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield released a new report showing that according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, those defined as “poor” enjoy amenities you might not expect–air conditioning, cable TV, … More

    Families Helping Families Escape Poverty

    Last week (and again yesterday in a follow-up article) The New York Times featured the poverty-fighting work of the Family Independence Initiative (FII). Founded by Maurice Lim Miller in 2001, FII is a nonprofit, community-based organization that helps working poor families escape poverty by encouraging and rewarding personal initiative and … More

    Kentucky Faith-Based Organization Helps Poor Achieve True Human Flourishing

    Adding to the looming national debt crisis, means-tested government welfare spending continues to skyrocket, with no significant improvement in poverty rates. Private, faith-based community leaders, however, are successfully helping low-income individuals escape poverty and maintain economic independence. Within the crime-ridden neighborhoods of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in between crack houses and subsidized … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 19, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Evict Fannie and Freddie – Ed Feulner Debt Debate: Are the Poor in Poverty? – Z. Byron Wolf How Will al Qaeda Mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11? – Marc Thiessen … More

    PODCAST: Poverty in America

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, senior fellow Robert Rector breaks down the myths, distortions and confusion surrounding poverty in America. Make sure to listen to the full podcast, here. According to government data, one in seven Americans is poor, but is that really true? What does it mean to … More

    Morning Bell: What Is Poverty in America?

    As Congress struggles to find a way to cut spending as part of raising the $14 trillion debt ceiling, they should take a close look at the more than $1 trillion spent every year on welfare. You’ll be surprised to learn that many of the 30 million Americans defined as … More

    President Obama Admits Welfare Encourages Dependency

    During his Twitter Townhall on Wednesday, President Obama admitted that government welfare has created dependency. He noted: I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it … More

    Good News on Marriage: A Recent Rise in Durability

    A new chart from Heritage FamilyFacts.org bears good news: Recent marriages are lasting longer. This is great for happily committed couples, and it also represents a boon for civil society because of the social and economic benefits marriage provides. Commitment to marriage steadily declined from 1960 to the early 1980s, … More