Research Report Restoring the American Dream
What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?
David T. Ellwood, Nisha G. Patel
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The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty is a collaboration among 24 leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners, convened to answer one big, bold question: What would it take to dramatically increase mobility from poverty? Specifically, the Partnership was asked to generate ideas for philanthropic and public sector investment that could make a difference.

This paper puts forward the Partnership’s answer to that question. It lays out a comprehensive definition of mobility that includes three core principles—economic success, power and autonomy, and being valued in community—and offers five interconnected strategies: change the narrative, create access to good jobs, ensure zip code is not destiny, provide support that empowers, and transform data use.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Social safety net Race and equity Immigrants and immigration Workforce Housing
Tags Families with low incomes Subsidized employment Economic well-being Homelessness Racial segregation Policing and community safety Workers in low-wage jobs Homeownership Financial products and services Mobility Work supports Earned income tax credit Housing subsidies Racial barriers to accessing the safety net