Poverty & Welfare Policy

What is color of poverty?  In the United States, people of color are
more likely to be poor.  However, the social safety net is no longer
strong enough to catch those who fall through the cracks.  Race Forward
understands that to end poverty will require addressing the root causes
of it's inequitable distribution.

From Poverty to Punishment

April 15, 2006

How Welfare Reform Punishes the Poor. HOT OFF THE PRESS! Contributions by Leading Experts on Welfare Reform.

Prospecting Among the Poor

April 15, 2006

Welfare Privatization. This report examines the beneficiaries of the privatization of welfare: the corporate elite and other small but growing businesses. The report also looks at the efficacy and failures of the privatization of welfare.

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Cruel and Usual

April 15, 2006

This report is the result of a survey that included 1500 people in 13 states who had contact with the welfare system in the four years after 1996 welfare reform. The report details discrimination in the operation of the new welfare programs based on four factors: race, gender, language, and national origin.

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The Role of the Courts in Securing...

April 15, 2006

...Welfare Rights and Improvements in Welfare and Related Programs. This report discusses the opportunities and challenges that legal advocates and low income groups would confront in considering litigation to challenge welfare reform policies and practices after 1996. The report examines the role of the courts, issues that arose from key income support programs, access and privatization of welfare, and developing legal resources for litigation.

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Worthwhile Welfare Reforms

April 15, 2006

This report looks at model welfare policies being promoted by various advocacy groups. Many of the policies are a direct result of actions taken due to the adverse affects that TANF and the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act had on families.

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Falling through the Cracks

July 15, 2003

How California's CalWORKs Keeps Families Poor. For immediate release. July 14, 2003 contact: Menachem Krajcer (510) 653-3415. CDSS Director Rita Saenz on Notice: Investigate CalWORKs Illegal Activities

Prospecting Among the Poor

May 15, 2001

Welfare Privatization. This report examines the beneficiaries of the privatization of welfare: the corporate elite and other small but growing businesses. The report also looks at the efficacy and failures of the privatization of welfare.

To download this report in PDF format, complete the form on this page.

Cruel and Usual

February 15, 2001

This report is the result of a survey that included 1500 people in 13 states who had contact with the welfare system in the four years after 1996 welfare reform. The report details discrimination in the operation of the new welfare programs based on four factors: race, gender, language, and national origin.

To download this report in PDF format, complete the form on this page.