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Investing in the American Dream

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
Immigrants, like all consumers, need access to high-quality financial services that both facilitate day-to-day transactions and set them up for long-term success. Many of the financial needs of this population closely mirror those of other underserved consumers in the U.S., though there are distinct challenges that complicate immigrants’ financial situations. For example, a lack of credit history is a common barrier to full participation in the economy for adult immigrants, especially those who lack legal status.
 

NYC: Rich Hill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:30pm


Chasing the American Dream

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 9:30am

Barriers to achieving the American Dream have become more visible than success stories.  More than four years after the Great Recession officially ended, 10.5 million people are out of work - and millions more struggle to make their paychecks stretch as far as their needs. One out of every 34 Americans is either behind bars, on probation, or on parole, relegating them to the margins of society, the economy, and even democracy.

In the Shadow of Economic Fragility

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:15pm
Not since the Great Depression of the 1930s has the United States faced such a prolonged period of instability in the job market. Recovery from the Great Recession that began in 2008 has been slow and is projected to remain sluggish over the next several years, and the new jobs that are being created pay lower wages and offer fewer benefits than the ones that were lost.
 

Locked Up and Locked Out

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The belief that anyone, regardless of where you start out, has a shot at moving up the economic ladder is a core tenet of the American Dream. But what about a second shot?  For the millions of Americans who have experience in the criminal justice system, this question is far from settled.  
 

RESCHEDULED: Savings in America

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus and the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

As part of a series of events on savings in America, the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus and the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus offer this briefing for Members of Congress and their staff who are interested in the latest data about savings and learning about innovative approaches to make savings easier and more common.

50 Years Since the War on Poverty

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:15am

The War on Poverty is 50 years old. In his first State of the Union address in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his ambitious goal to improve the outlook for the millions of Americans who "live on the outskirts of hope." But it was not until March that he forwarded the initial legislative proposals that would begin a remarkable period of legislative activity.

The Tax-Man Giveth? Refunds, Savings, and Promoting Economic Security

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Millions of Americans are waiting for their big tax refund. Most have already spent the money before it arrives. What if there were a way to turn that moment upside down? What if we could get millions of Americans to apply their refunds to building financial security by paying down debt, saving for an emergency, or building a nest egg?  
 

Civic Innovation, Can It Save Our Democracy?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 4:00pm
Image: New Urban Mechanics Michael Evans and Mariko Davidson - Girls Make the City

In Poverty, Under Surveillance

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:15pm
For most Americans, news of NSA's domestic spying program was shocking. But for one group, living under government surveillance is routine--people in poverty. For families and individuals accessing the public benefits system, ceding extensive personal and financial information and submitting to unannounced home visits, fingerprinting or drug testing are the cost of receiving assistance.
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