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What Works News Round-Up – May 22, 2015

by Admin

In the News

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

Governing (5/21/15) Key Takeaways From New Census Population Data on Cities
The Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday, showing where cities stand in attracting and retaining residents. The latest estimates, current as of July 2014, cover all cities, towns and other subcounty jurisdictions.

PBS NewsHour (5/20/15) In America, Inequality Begins in the Womb
The data are stark and unmistakable: in every single metric that matters to long run health or earning capacity, African American babies are disadvantaged by the time they take their very first breath in the world.

The Hill (5/19/15) Obama Pressed to Appoint Poverty Czar
The White House is being pressed to appoint a poverty czar in the wake of President Obama’s recent remarks on income inequality. Those advocating for the White House to place a stronger emphasis on tackling poverty in the United States are also eyeing support among 2016 presidential hopefuls.

Washington Post WonkBlog (5/18/15) People Have No Idea What Inequality Actually Looks Like
But here is an important point worth remembering about the electorate these candidates have been talking to: Most people — regardless of whether you ask about the poor or the rich, income or wealth, the shape of the income distribution or an individual’s position in it — have a terrible sense of what inequality actually looks like.

CityLab (5/18/15) The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year
The dearth of affordable housing options in superstar cities like New York, San Francisco and San Jose (home of Silicon Valley) costs the U.S. economy about $1.6 trillion a year in lost wages and productivity, according to a new analysis from economists Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago and Enrico Moretti of the University of California at Berkeley.

EdCentral (5/18/15) Child Care Assistance Laws Blocking Parents’ Potential
Unfortunately, state policies vary significantly across the board, and parents in some states have significantly more support in pursuing higher education than parents in others. Building Pathways, Creating Roadblocks: State Child Care Assistance Policies for Parents in School, a report recently released by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), highlights restrictions in state policies that limit parents’ ability to participate in education and job training, inhibiting their opportunities for economic mobility.

The Atlantic (5/16/15) Stranded How America’s Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality
Transportation is about more than just moving people from point A to point B. It’s also a system that can either limit or expand the opportunities available to people based on where they live. In many cities, the areas with the shoddiest access to public transit are the most impoverished—and the lack of investment leaves many Americans without easy access to jobs, goods, and services.

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