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.

Worthwhile Welfare Reforms

February 15, 2001

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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The False Foundations of Welfare Reform

February 15, 2001

This report examines seven principles that laid the groundwork for the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act that ended the government guarantee of welfare assistance to low-income families. The report provides an overview and history of each fallacy used to support welfare reform as well as the actual result of the policies.

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The Role of the Courts in Securing...

May 15, 1999

...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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