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What Works News Round-Up – January 31, 2014

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In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

Governing (1/31/14)  All Policies are Health Policies
The idea is that all policy is health policy; HiAP advocates recommend scrutinizing any proposed program, project or policy before it is ever implemented for its potential effect on the health and well-being of citizens.

USA Today (1/30/14) Uneven Gains for States After 50 Years of the War on Poverty
In 2012, New Mexico and Louisiana had the second- and third-highest poverty rates under the current standard, which is household income of less than $23,492 for a family of four.

U.S. News & World Report (1/29/14) Obama Reaffirms Old Education Promises in State of the Union Address
Obama again used his annual address to the nation to urge for an increase in access to affordable early childhood education. In 2013, Obama requested universal preschool access for all 4-year-olds in America.

Urban Land (1/24/14) Overcoming the Supply Gap for Affordable Housing
Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals outlines factors that impede the development of affordable rental housing—causing the supply in many markets to fall far short of the demand—and offers specific, actionable solutions to overcome the barriers.

The New York Times (1/23/14) It Takes a Generation
If you really want to make an impact, you’ve got to have a developmental strategy for all the learning stages, ages 0 to 25.

The New York Times (1/23/14) Upward Mobility Has Not Declined, Study Says
The odds of moving up — or down — the income ladder in the United States have not changed appreciably in the last 20 years, according to a large new academic study that contradicts politicians in both parties who have claimed that income mobility is falling.

The Atlantic (1/23/14) The Geography of the American Dream
One of the most important lessons from today’s blockbuster social mobility report is that place matters. (And, because your parents choose the place where you’re born and live, parents matter.)

Slate (1/22/14) Family Matters
This is the first study to show that lower-income kids from both single- and married-parent families are more likely to succeed if they hail from a community with lots of two-parent families.

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