We all know that poverty hurts.
Poverty invades the soul.
It drains energy. It hinders growth.
It eats at the heart of America’s next generation, and, in so doing, eats at the core of national stability.Poverty in America is growing. Despite our local and national efforts to reverse the trend, we are losing the battle. More and more families are tapping our overburdened social safety net. Despite the trillions of dollars that government and philanthropy we have spent over the years, our national “war on poverty” has been sadly ineffective. Some 22% of American children now live in poverty. And, according to the Urban Institute, forty to sixty percent of children who grow up in homes below the poverty line go on to live the rest of their lives caught in the poverty trap.

Clearly, we need a major change of direction in our anti-poverty efforts.

  • We need to emphasize outcomes rather than outputs.
  • We need to use the latest advances in technology and big data to create new solutions to persistent poverty issues.
  • We need to rethink current government policies that have serious unintended consequences ( as, for example, refusing to permit formerly incarcerated parents from returning to live in their homes if their families are on Section 8.)
  • We need to fully explore both the psychological and physiological effects of being born and raised in an impoverished environment.

New innovations in social service delivery, and new forms of funding these services, are now surfacing. We need to welcome these new trends, and to vigorously encourage the social pioneers who propose them.

The focus areas listed provide information and links to some of the most promising innovations in the alleviation of poverty.