Census data: Child, adult poverty down,
but risks ahead
and income. The data, which reflect 2016, show a decline in poverty. Additionally, the
number of uninsured Americans dropped to a historic low. However, these gains could be
reversed in 2017 and beyond because of significant policy and budget upheavals, such as
DACA repeal and cuts to the CTC, EITC, and SNAP. Olivia Golden discussed these issues
on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
Read the release
View the infographic
Watch Olivia Golden on C-SPAN
Trump’s decision to end DACA undermines
our values, future
March 2018. More than 800,000 young people who have received work authorization
and approval to go to school will eventually lose their DACA status. Youth who have
been waiting to meet the age requirement will be denied the opportunity to apply.
CLASP urges Congress to pass a clean Dream Act that allows DACA recipients and
other immigrant youth to continue their education and participate in the workforce.
Statement on DACA
Senate Rejects Repeal of Affordable
Care Act (ACA), preventing tens of millions of people from losing their
Read CLASP's press statement
health insurance. The vote is the culmination of months of passionate
advocacy by organizations and individuals across the country.
Trump's budget request: an assault on
people, state and local budgets, and our shared national interest. In addition to $54
billion in domestic cuts, the budget would slash $1.7 trillion from programs like
Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and TANF. CLASP’s Olivia Golden explained in The
New York Times: “This is overall an assault on a wide range of ordinary Americans
for the purpose of providing tax cuts to the wealthiest.”
Statement on FY2018 budget request
Olivia Golden quoted in New York Times
CLASP translates complex policies into
concrete change for low-income people
CLASP is driving important policy change that helps poor and low-income people, including expanding access to post secondary education and workforce training; improving jobs through paid leave and fair scheduling; providing affordable, high-quality child care and early education; increasing education and employment for youth of color; and strengthening programs to help meet basic needs.
CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. Working at the federal, state, and local levels, we develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic security, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. We combine a wide range of strategies for maximum impact, including two-generation approaches.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can help low-income, low-skilled workers overcome barriers to education and employment. CLASP’s Game Plan breaks down what you need to know to implement the law, advocate effectively with decision makers, and help families and individuals climb the economic ladder.
Fighting Back in 2017
Doubling down in states, keeping the vision alive. CLASP is standing up against President Trump’s damaging policies and defending programs that work for poor and low-income people.
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