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Archive for September, 2009

The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings

Posted by neocaablogger on September 21, 2009

This paper reviews the literature on poverty dynamics in the United States. It surveys the most prevalent data, theories, and methods used to answer three key questions: How likely are people to enter, exit, and reenter poverty? How long do people remain in poverty? And what events are associated with entering and exiting poverty? The paper then analyzes the combined findings of the literature, discussing overarching patterns of poverty dynamics, differences among demographic groups, and how poverty probabilities, duration, and events have changed over time. We conclude with a discussion of the policy implications of these findings and avenues for future research. Click here.
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Access to Financial Services, Savings, and Assets Among the Poor

Posted by neocaablogger on September 17, 2009

Low-income families have an ongoing need for financial services to save money and build assets. The National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan authored this report on access to financial services for low-income families, as low-income families are typically financially underserved. Authors analyze the financial constraints and choices of low-income families around financial services. Authors also offer policy recommendations to distribute financial services to this population. Low-income populations are more likely to be unbanked due to financial institutions requiring credit checks to open an account, and having high minimum account balances and high overdraft fees. Savings and asset accumulation can often be key to promoting economic self-sufficiency for this population, and it is important to extend financial services and education to low-income families. For more information, please see: http://www.npc.umich.edu/publications/policy_briefs/brief13/PolicyBrief13.pdf

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The Strengths of Poor Families

Posted by neocaablogger on September 17, 2009

In this research brief, authors explore the similarities and contrasts between poor and non-poor families. The results suggest that poor families may be enriched by the strengths found in their family routines and relationships, but are at a disadvantage in receiving services and benefits.This resource is from Child Trends. For more information, please see: http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2009_5_14_RB_poorfamstrengths.pdf

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Activities: August and September

Posted by neocaablogger on September 12, 2009

During the month of August, agency staff has been busy attending training and implementing projects funded by ARRA. Staff were hired to research and develop a Health Cinic, support Financial Empowerment, and, manage affordable rental property. Staff met with Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce representataives to finalize details for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase, repair and rent 8 foreclosed homes in Miami.
  • Education-The Executive Director, Jean Cooper and Planner, Terry Schroeder attended training for the development of a federally qualified health clinic and HUD Continuum of Care for the Homeless. Several staff attended the OK Weatherization and Housing Conference.
  • Presentation- Executive Director, Jean Cooper presented at the National Community Action Partnership Conference in Philadelphia. She participated on a panel with Group Workcamps and Women in Leadership.
And, finally our audit was conducted with no findings or questioned costs.
 
September is another eventful month. We kick off the month with Board and Policy Council meetings. Then attending training at the OK Association of Community Action Agencies Annual Conference and Head Start Smart Board sessions. Pursuing CDFI funding to capitalize our new organization, Supportive Financial Services, and, providing Weatherization and Homebuyer Education sessions. Most importantly, we are assisting individuals and families needing help every single day.
 
Photos for an upcoming article in the OK Community Action Newsletter, click here.

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Promoting Social-Emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services

Posted by neocaablogger on September 12, 2009

How have states leveraged different policy choices to support the integration of social-emotional developmental strategies into early intervention services? The National Center for Children in Poverty looks at all 50 states. Click here.

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