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The Asset Building Program Has a New Website!

September 25, 2014
Publication Image Early this September, New America launched a new website, logo, and mission statement. Our President, Anne-Marie Slaughter, announced those changes, saying in part:

As a civic enterprise committed to the renewal of American politics, prosperity and promise, we knew we needed a fresh face, as we’d been using the same logo and visual identity since our founding in 1999.

Asset Building News Week, September 8-12

September 12, 2014
Publication Image 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 the state of consumer finances, education, inequality, and the plight of Millennials.
 
2013 Survey of Consumer Finance
 

New Report: What Can Canada Teach Us About Child Savings Accounts?

September 10, 2014
Publication Image Guest Blog Post: This post is contributed by Willie Elliott, Director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas and Asset Building Program Senior Fellow, and Melinda Lewis, Policy Director of the Assets and Education Initiative. You can find a copy of their new report, Lessons to learn: Canadian insights for U.S. children’s savings account (CSA) policy, here.

New Report: Are Student Loans the Best We Can Do?

September 9, 2014
Guest Blog Post: This post is contributed by Willie Elliott, Director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas and Asset Building Program Senior Fellow, and Melinda Lewis, Policy Director of the Assets and Education Initiative. You can find a copy of their new report, The Student Loan Problem in America: It is Not Enough to Say, "Students Will Eventually Recover," here.

Asset Building News Week, September 1-5

September 5, 2014
Publication Image 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 the fast-food labor protests, race and poverty, public assistance, and savings.

Asset Building News Week, August 25-29

August 28, 2014
Publication Image 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.

Asset Building News Week, August 18-22

August 22, 2014
Publication Image 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.

Guest Post: How Much Would You Spend to Save $19 Million a Year?

August 21, 2014
Publication Image 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 from its public assistance programs to a surprising cost: ATM fees.
 
California's public assistance program, known as CalWORKs, provides job counseling, childcare, housing services, and modest cash grants to families with children. In fact, the average grant for one parent with two children is only $463 a month.
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