1. Advocacy Resource
  2. Economic Justice

DHN Releases Pivot Planning Document on Poverty in U.S.

By Andre Gobbo, July 23, 2018


Poverty still remains a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly for communities of color. Millions of people remain far from their potential, often living on incomes too low to afford the basics, even if they work.

The Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN), which FCNL is a member of, recently released a fact sheet on this multi-faceted issue. The document highlights how bad poverty is in the U.S. and discusses how poverty reduction tools like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) have helped alleviate this problem.

However, recognizing this problem isn't enough. There is more that Congress can do to help reduce poverty. This is why the document also lays out several steps Congress can take to address this issue:

  • Make work pay
  • Make it possible for low-income working parents to maintain steady employment
  • Modernize unemployment insurance for times of job loss and recession
  • Give people with criminal records a fair shot at a second chance
  • End family homelessness
  • Promote innovation and evidence-backed experimentation to help people with serious barriers to stable employment

You can download a pdf copy of the fact sheet here, or by clicking on the link to your right.

Andre Gobbo

  • Domestic Policy Associate

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.