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This webinar outlined the current and potential threats to basic assistance programs with a specific focus on work requirements; provided an on-the-ground perspective about how imposing work requirements in exchange for basic supports will hurt low-income individuals and especially people of color; and shared communications tools and tactics for how to reframe the work requirements narrative and advocate for positive strategies to end chronic unemployment and poverty.Moderator: Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity Panelists: Elizabeth Lower-Basch of Center on Law and Social Policy, Ronald Johnson of Heartland Alliance Health, and Rebecca Vallas of Center for American Progress
It has been 6 years since the State of Illinois formed the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty to help reduce poverty throughout Illinois. In 2010 the Commission issued its recommended strategy in Building a Pathway to Dignity & Work and has since been monitoring Illinois's progress toward the goal of cutting extreme poverty in half. In this 2014 Annual Report, the Commission provides an analysis of progress toward that goal over the past year and recommendations for 2015.
These poverty fact sheets provide data for each Illinois House District on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.
These poverty fact sheets provide data for each Illinois Senate District on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.
Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, prompting the creation of dozens of federal programs aimed at alleviating poverty and striking at its roots. Today, just how much progress has been made? Download this infographic to find out.
This fact sheet addresses questions from opponents to the legislation HB2262.
This infographic shows how the basic costs of living in Illinois for a family with one worker and two children far outsize a minimum wage budget. Minimum wage workers in Illinois earn $1430 a month. For families with only one worker, making ends meet on minimum wage isn't just hard, it's impossible. With costs of living so high, a family of three in Illinois would need to spend 3x their monthly income to live without unsustainable sacrifices.
This infographic provides a look into the life of a minimum wage worker and explains the economic benefits to Illinois of raising the minimum wage.
Utilizing the Human Rights Framework: Lessons Learned from the From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign: Realizing Human Rights in IllinoisJune 27, 2013
In response to the growth and deepening of poverty in Illinois and the collateral human rights consequences, in December of 2006, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights initiated the "From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign: Realizing Human Rights in Illinois". Working in collaboration with a coalition of community members, advocates, organizers, faith-based institutions, and policy leaders, the campaign advocated state-wide for an improved response to the growing problem of poverty in Illinois. This paper documents some of the lessons Heartland Alliance has learned while using the human rights framework to build and advance a campaign to eliminate extreme poverty in Illinois.
This fact sheet shows the impact of passage of the HB2262 legislation and its effects on families and the state. It also includes a list of organizations that currently support the legislation.
This fact sheet addresses the reasons that voters should support SB2400, and provides a list of organizations that also support this legislation.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are savings programs that allow low-income populations to receive a cash match on their savings, for investing in a home, education, business, or other wealth-building assets. This webinar introduces the basics of planning an IDA program, including gauging demand, recruiting partners, and finding funding.
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