Census data: Child, adult poverty down,

but risks ahead

New CLASP materials highlight key data in the Census Bureau's annual report on poverty

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

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Trump’s decision to end DACA undermines

our values, future

President Trump has announced his decision to terminate the DACA program by

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

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Care Act

Senate Rejects Repeal of Affordable

The U.S. Senate has rejected three separate proposals to repeal the 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.

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Trump's budget request: an assault on

low-income people

President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal is a devastating assault on low-income

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

Policy Opportunities

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.

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Clasp_WOAI_logoAbout WIOA Opportunities for Action

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

Fighting Back Strategy

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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