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Why Educators, Health Professionals, and Others Focused on Economic Mobility Should Care about Housing

December 14, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Cities striving to improve residents’ lives often focus on such issues as schools, parks, jobs, or health. Often overlooked is something equally fundamental. Trace the lineage of many social welfare issues, and you will likely uncover a history of substandard, unaffordable housing. Research increasingly shows that safe and affordable housing in strong and thriving neighborhoods is a launching pad to upward mobility for families.

For more than a decade, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has supported research on the role of housing as a platform for opportunity among families. The following summary of findings from more than […]

Affordable Housing Loses in GOP Tax Bill

December 13, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joined by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters about the GOP tax bill following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) In the early morning hours last Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping, hastily written tax bill that would massively transfer money from the middle class to corporations and the 1 percent, and add more than $1 trillion dollars to our federal deficit. Since the U.S. House […]

Austin Chamber unveils 5-year, $30 million economic development platform

December 13, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Gary Farmer, 2018 chair of Opportunity Austin 4.0, speaks at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly investors meeting on Dec. 13. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce unveiled a plan Wednesday to create more than 160,000 new jobs, increase the average annual wage to $66,000, reduce the poverty rate to 9.5 percent and help 56.6 percent of Austinites attain at least an associate degree.

The chamber laid out the details of its latest five-year economic development platform, called Opportunity Austin 4.0, at its quarterly investors meeting on Dec. 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.

To achieve this, Opportunity Austin, […]

Researchers: Early Education and Technology Interventions Needed to Impact Economic Mobility

December 13, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

young girl on UPSTART

"Research shows that a child’s development is significantly influenced by life experiences—especially interactions with adults. By equipping parents and other caregivers with the right tools, we can foster development during the critical birth-to-kindergarten years." Since the 1940’s, the opportunity for poverty-level children to earn more than their parents has been declining and there is a continual need to help these children improve their economic mobility.

Brookings’ Social Genome Project found that children born in poverty have slower advancement in many areas of development, including social behavior, emotional maturity, cognitive skills and health, when compared to children of middle-class families. The […]

BP Owes the Government $20.8 Billion in Settlement for Its 2010 Oil Spill

December 12, 2017 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure


Oil Spill/Wiki Commons It’s hard to believe that BP’s massive oil spill mistake happened six years ago, in 2010.

Today, the company is still feeling the ramifications of the Gulf oil disaster, and it is still paying for it with a federal judge officially approving a final settlement of $20.8 billion BP will pay to the US government.

First reached in October, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch initially deemed the settlement, which encompasses civil claims against the company set forth by the Department of Justice and five Gulf states, “the largest with a single entity in American history.”Eleven people died as […]

Is inequality harming the environment?

December 12, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Tackling economic inequality cannot come above tackling environmental damage. The most vulnerable in society suffer most from the effects of environmental damage. In addition, economic inequality exacerbates environmental damage. The two issues are intrinsically linked and in order to tackle them, we need to address them together.

Greater inequality in a country, as defined through people’s relative distribution of income, pay and wealth, leads to poorer outcomes for health, happiness and education for almost everyone in that society. Those who suffer most from these effects of inequality in the UK are also disproportionately affected by the cost of environmental damage. […]

A slam dunk for opportunity: Boosting CUNY should be a no-brainer for Mayor de Blasio and the City Council

December 12, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

A school that rules (City College)

A school that rules (City College) As we prepare to swear in the 2018 class of city elected leaders, every one of the officials who takes the oath on Jan. 1 should start a countdown clock to the end of his or her term — and think carefully about what big, meaningful goals they can actually accomplish in four years.

In politics and government, as on Wall Street — and in life generally — it’s important to recognize a big, bold idea when it comes along, and seize the opportunity before it slips away.

Anybody with the luck, foresight and/or discipline […]

With Carson Wentz’s injury, there’s a growing buzz that Colin Kaepernick might be a good fit to help the Eagles’ playoff push

December 11, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Colin Kaepernick

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images The Philadelphia Eagles lost Carson Wentz to a season-ending knee injury and could be in need of quarterback depth.

As has happened with numerous teams with quarterback injuries this year, many fans were quick to speculate that Colin Kaepernick might be a suitable candidate to join the Birds before their playoff push.

While Kap’s return to the league is unlikely, he’s a unique fit for the Eagles needs in that he is a mobile quarterback that has experience in big games. After Carson Wentz’s season officially ended due to a torn ACL […]

Ford has shed some light on its self-driving car strategy

December 11, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Puerto Rico’s Nonprofit Sector at a Crossroads

December 11, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


South Carolina Army National Guard Responds to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico October 2017 Since Hurricane Maria, NPQ has been covering the crisis in Puerto Rico. We saw a situation that we felt needed to be highlighted, full of warnings, learnings, and opportunities. As the island faces a near-total collapse of infrastructure—economic, political, communications, energy, transportation, education, health, arts and culture—nonprofits there are faced with the perfect crisis opportunity. Many nonprofits in Puerto Rico and the US have jumped into the federal political vacuum to answer the call for help. But what does this moment make possible for Puerto […]