Social Work and the Welfare State

As a social worker on the Hill I have had a front row seat during battles over the welfare state.  Usually the main combatants are Republican conservatives who continue their relentless quest to reduce government’s involvement in providing for indigent Americans and Democratic progressives who believe go ……

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Growing Number of Homeless Children is Shameful

A troubling new report released recently by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research documents the growing distress among the nation’s children.  More children are sliding further into poverty and experiencing homelessness.  Using data from the Department of Education and the Census Department—researchers led by Ellen Bassuk found that one in 30—or 2.5 million American children—were homeless at some point last year.  That represents an eight percent increase nationally from 2012.  They found child homelessness increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia and that the problem exists in every state, every city and every county in America.  We know that outcomes for children experiencing homelessness are disastrous.  We know that this growing problem does not get solved by the mothers of these children just doing the right thing. …

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Middle America Votes for More of the Same

The Republicans’ decisive sweep of the 2014 midterm elections should be a wake up call for Democrats.  There are lessons to be learned.  People will not go to the polls and vote in large numbers if they do not have a compelling reason to go.  Second, Republicans learned from their mistakes and capi ……

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Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort continues for hardest hit New Yorkers

October 29th marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in 182 lives lost, 150,000 homes destroyed, and 17 percent of the city’s land flooded. Sandy caused over $65 billion in damages across the tri-state area, many of which have yet to be repaired. …

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Looking back to Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to recognize the critical work of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). This year, MIAW occurred the week of October 5, during which mental health providers and advocates placed increased attention on public awareness, access to support and resources, and the reduction of stigma associated with mental illness. In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults, 18.6 percent of the U.S. population, reported having any mental illness…

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The Forgotten Poor: More Children Living in Extreme Poverty


The number of children living in extreme poverty—on $2.00 or less per person per day in a household—grew significantly from 1996 until 2011.  In 2011, 3.55 million children in 1.65 million households were living in extreme poverty in a given month.  …

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Climate Change and the Exacerbation of Poverty

Two days prior to the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit on September 21, an estimated 310,000 people gathered in New York City for what has been called the largest climate related demonstration in history. U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon marched alongside participants in preparation for his political action forum on September 23, where he will host 120 international leaders to create an action plan to reverse the effects of climate change. …

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Paul Ryan’s plan to address poverty

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, released last week his anti-poverty discussion draft on July 24, “Expanding Opportunity in America,” proposing reforms concerning the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), education, and criminal justice. …

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