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January 2017

Introducing Poverty Solutions.

Launched in October 2016, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is a new interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying, and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world.

The University of Michigan has a proud tradition of groundbreaking research and teaching on poverty and inequality. With Poverty Solutions, U-M is building on this legacy in a new way. While rooted in an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, the focus of Poverty Solutions will be on an action-based research agenda. U-M will partner with community and policy makers to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. Our work will be highly interdisciplinary, and we will put an emphasis on close communication with communities and policy makers to share and exchange cutting-edge findings.

I am pleased to share with you our first e-newsletter, reporting on new projects and exciting findings underway this year. I am excited about the great work and partnerships that our affiliated scholars are undertaking, and pleased to be sharing it with you.

I am pleased to share with you our first e-newsletter, reporting on new projects this year. I am excited about the great work and partnerships that our affiliated scholars are undertaking, and pleased to be sharing it with you.


H. Luke Shaefer
Director, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

povertysolutions@umich.edu

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan
NEW PROJECTS
Co-sponsored by the Detroit Urban Research Center, Poverty Solutions is supporting collaborative research projects between academic researchers at the University of Michigan and community-based partners in the State of Michigan.
Junior Faculty Tackle Poverty Challenges
Poverty Solutions is supporting new junior faculty research projects focused on on informing strategies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty. Projects aim to address challenges such as affordable housing, benefit cuts, and the impact of transportation on socio-economic mobility.
Sustaining Living Wage Jobs
This project will build on the State of Michigan’s successful Community Ventures program, which provides stipends to participating in employers and support services to help low-income, structurally unemployed adults succeeds in the labor market.
New Project Discussion
U-M President Mark S. Schlissel and Poverty Solutions Director H. Luke Shaefer joined community members and U-M researchers to talk about some of the new projects. Watch the conversation.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
KRISTIN SEEFELDT

Assistant Professor U-M School of Social Work and Ford School of Public Policy

Education, employment, and home ownership have long been considered stepping stones to the middle class. But in her new book Abandoned Families, U-M social policy expert Kristin Seefeldt shows how many working families have access only to a separate but unequal set of poor-quality jobs, low-performing schools, and declining housing markets which offer few chances for upward mobility. Find out more.

NEW OPPORTUNITY
POVERTY TRACKER DATA TRAINING AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy will hold a Poverty Tracker Data Training Workshop, May 18-19, 2017. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the CPRC’s New York City Longitudinal Survey of Well-being, a repeated panel study tracking the dynamics of poverty, hardship, and well-being among representative samples of New York City residents.

More information about the Poverty Tracker can be found 
here. And applications here.
Copyright © 2017 The Regents of the University of Michigan
Poverty Solutions is a quarterly newsletter produced by the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions initiative, which aims to inform and test new and innovative solutions for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. If you have any questions about Poverty Solutions, contact us at povertysolutions@umich.edu.
 
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