Asset Building Program

Giving all citizens a stake in our economy.

Solving the Retirement Puzzle

Solving the Retirement Puzzle

President Obama’s myRA could spark a savings revolution, but change is needed to make it more universal, automatic, and flexible. See what our experts recommend.

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The Assets Perspective

This new book presents a multi-dimensional exploration of how the concept of asset building has taken shape over the last two decades.

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The Assets Budget is Out of Balance

The President's FY 2015 Budget Request calls for more than $500 billion in spending to build assets and wealth, but where does that money go? Where should it go? Learn more in our new analysis.

President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965

An Assets Perspective to the War on Poverty

Since the 1960s, our understanding of poverty has evolved and changed dramatically – and it’s time to apply a more modern perspective to our solutions. Read our blog series reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the rise of the assets perspective.

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Modernizing Asset Limits

Asset limits are caps on the level of savings and resources that families can have and participate in public programs. These caps can discourage saving, increase financial insecurity, and make it harder to achieve financial independence. Learn more on our interactive website.

Latest Blog Posts

Elliot Schreur
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include back to school, inequality, and assets.
Elliot Schreur
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include inequality, food security, savings, and employment.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed was originally published in the San Jose Mercury News and is co-authored by Paul Tepper, Executive Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition.California loses about $19 million a year...
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Asset Building Video Interviews

Click below to watch short interviews with key experts that distill our events, policy papers and commentary down to the essentials.

The Assets Report 2012

DOES THE FEDERAL BUDGET SUPPORT SAVING AND WEALTH DEVELOPMENT? FOR WHOM?

The Assets Report 2012 answers these questions. The Assets Report Data Visualization tells the story of how American families benefit (and don’t benefit) from current federal spending and recommends polices that could improve this outlook.

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Events

Sep 08 2014
Investing in the American Dream Washington 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Jul 30 2014
NYC: Rich Hill New York 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jun 05 2014
Chasing the American Dream Washington 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Program Fellows

Senior Research Fellow, Asset Building Program
Research Fellow, Asset Building Program
Research Fellow, Asset Building Program
Research Fellow, The Asset Building Program and The Global Asset Project

Asset Building Program Staff

Scarlett Aldebot-Green
Senior Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program
Scarlett Aldebot-Green is a senior policy analyst in the Asset Building Program...
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Senior Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Rachel Black is a senior policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the...

Reid Cramer
Director, Asset Building Program

Reid Cramer is director of the Asset Building Program at the New America...

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Senior Research Fellow, Asset Building Program

As a Senior Research Fellow in the Asset Building Program of the New America...

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Research Fellow, Asset Building Program

Terri Friedline earned her PhD and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh's...

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Policy Director, Asset Building Program

Justin King is policy director of the Asset Building Program at the New...

Monica Potts
Fellow, Asset Building Program

Monica Potts is a fellow with the Asset Building Program at New America....

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Research Fellow, Asset Building Program

As a research fellow in the Asset Building Program of the New America...

Elliot Schreur
Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Elliot Schreur is a policy analyst with the Asset Building Program at the...

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Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Aleta Sprague is a policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New...

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Research Fellow, The Asset Building Program and The Global Asset...

Eric Tyler is a research fellow with the New America Foundation and focuses...

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