KACAP Recommends

The economic turmoil of the past five-and-a-half years has fueled sharp increases in financial hardships and

insecurity for American families along the entire income spectrum. According to the recent research of the Urban Institute, those hardships were especially difficult for children. 

To look at pathways to security for both families WITH and WITHOUT children, KACAP recommends these reports from FIRST FOCUS on strengthening the safety net for children, and from Center for Budget and Policies Priorities on strengthening the EITC for childless workers. 

New research makes these supports more imperative than ever, as it proves that childhood poverty and chronic stress may lead to problems regulating emotions as an adult and that poverty and neglect lead to smaller brain and weaker brain development. 

We like to think of ourselves as amateur mythbusters here at KACAP, but we'll confess we get caught up in the near-sightedness that being an American can sometimes bring. The Michael Koh article/list,16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here, was shocking, amusing, and insightful. We have many obstacles here that make fighting poverty difficult, but, we also have the tools to conquer them. 

The National Women's Law Center presents Insecure and Unequal: A detailed look at the impact of poverty on women and families over the past 12 years. 

The US Conference of Mayors released their Hunger and Homelessness Survey: This 25 city survey found continuing increases in demand for services and continuing shortfalls in meeting service needs.

The Standford Center on Poverty and Inequality has published the first draft of research from NYU on the Inter-generational Aspects of Social Mobility. While the most data heavy of the three, it analyzes such diverse factors as gender or the impact of siblings on social mobility.