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    Former Prisoners Help Kids Get to School Safely

    As the winter sun rises, a cadre of men walks a familiar route from school to school within some of the most poverty-stricken, crime-plagued neighborhoods in our nation’s capital. Their mission is to provide the students in three public housing developments a safe passage to class without fear of violence … More

    Ryan and Rubio on the Promise of American Opportunity

    At Tuesday night’s Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) talked about ways to promote opportunity, battle poverty, and get the country back on track. Both men aim to further successful reforms triggered by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and longtime … More

    Helping the Poor and Addicted Turn Their Lives Around (VIDEO)

    Strong marriage and family relationships are crucial to fighting poverty. This was the message shared by grassroots leaders at an anti-poverty conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise this past September. These leaders shared firsthand experience and common-sense intuition about poverty reduction. They explained what … More

    More Misleading Numbers on Poverty

    This past week, media outlets have been abuzz, heralding the news that poverty levels in the United States are higher than previously thought. But the numbers are misleading. The Census Bureau reported last week that, according to its new “supplemental poverty measure,” 49.7 million Americans are in poverty. This figure … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Foster Care and the Future of Children

    This week, nearly 100 policymakers, practitioners, and administrators met in Washington, D.C., to discuss new solutions for the complex issue of poverty. Among the topics discussed was the nation’s foster care and adoption system. Roughly 400,000 children languish in today’s system, in which they will likely experience multiple, periodic placements … More

    Chinese Imports Create U.S. Jobs and Help the Poor

    The recently concluded presidential campaign contained a substantial amount of China-bashing from two candidates fighting over who would be tougher on trade. In reality, getting tough on trade would mean getting tough on poor people and destroying U.S. jobs. A working paper from University of Chicago scholars Christian Broda and … More

    How to Cure Poverty in America (VIDEO)

    Just last month, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the poverty rate has not changed significantly since the previous year: 46.2 million, or roughly 15 percent, of Americans are defined as “poor.” While poverty in the United States is not the destitution and depravation most people think of when they … More

    Chart of the Week: Major Benefits of Free Trade

    Nations that embrace international trade enjoy significantly stronger economies, achieve lower rates of hunger, and maintain a better stewardship of the environment, according to new data published by Heritage for the forthcoming Index of Economic Freedom. There are, of course, other factors that contribute to such positive trends. But international … More

    A New Anti-Poverty Agenda: Better Future for At-Risk Youths

    A key component to effectively address poverty is recognizing and reducing barriers to the work of neighborhood organizations that are the lifeblood of our nation’s civil society. The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), led by Bob Woodson, recognizes and supports a nationwide network of thousands of grassroots leaders, whose impassioned … More

    Paul Ryan: How Conservatism Helps the Poor

    When it comes to explaining how their policies would help the poor and the disadvantaged, conservatives can all too often be likened to a football team that drives all the way to the one-yard line and then just kneels down. Rock-solid principles and policies drive them forward, but they fail … More