Category Archive for: Anti-Poverty

Senior Poverty

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  • Posted on February 29, 2016

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Older Americans who are living in poverty often suffer in silence, living in the shadows while trying to make ends meet. A single life change—a costly illness, loss of a job, or death of a spouse—can quickly threaten the financial stability of seniors. This has become especially true during the most recent recession.   Older…



Usury

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Prohibitions against usury date back to biblical times. The prophet Ezekiel compares a usurer to someone who is a “thief, a murderer…who oppresses the poor and the needy” (18:10-13). After 1776, all states adopted general usury laws. Most states limited interest rates to under 10%.  However, beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many…



Federal Poverty Measure

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  Driven by our mandate from Deuteronomy 15:4, “There Shall Be No Needy Among You,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs has mobilized dozens of communities nationwide to build the political will to reduce poverty in America.   To that end, the JCPA strongly supports reform of the way poverty is measured in the United…



Alleviating Hunger and Food Insufficiency

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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Jewish tradition teaches us that we must feed the hungry. “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges … you shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger.” (Lev. 23:22)  “Whenever you give food to the poor, G-d accounts it to you as…



Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  Poverty cannot be understood and defined solely as a lack of income. Families also need assets, which are the building blocks of long-term economic security and the “rungs” needed to climb the economic ladder. They need to be able to rely on responsible financial services that help build and not destroy those assets. Thus,…



PREDATORY LENDING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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Predatory lending, defined as “the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against” is a rapidly growing problem in America, and is of particular concern as its victims are disproportionately minorities,…



MEASURES THAT UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS’ ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL HUMAN NEEDS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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Beginning in the mid-1990s, welfare reform accelerated the funding of entitlement programs by means of capped block grants, shifting responsibility for national anti-poverty programs to cash-strapped states. In addition, the tax cuts passed by Congress since 2001 have resulted in fewer federal dollars available to states, forcing state governments to cut Medicaid, senior programs, child…



Confronting Poverty By Funding Anti-Poverty Programs

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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The JCPA supports policies and programs that help move individuals and families out of poverty; that provide work opportunities at wages that allow for self-sufficiency; that provide adequate financial and social service supports; and that attack problems of inadequate education, housing, healthcare, and persistent, fundamental illiteracy.  In light of continued federal and state budget deficits…



Resolution on Making Poverty Reduction a Primary Goal of TANF Reauthorization

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  • Posted on February 24, 2002

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  The 1996 welfare law transformed the nation’s social policy, changing several welfare-related programs and replacing the entitlement to cash assistance with a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, which made benefits contingent on work. While these laws have helped low-income families move from welfare to work, millions have not received the assistance needed…



Social Security Reform

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  • Posted on June 14, 1999

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Tikkun Olam, repair of the world, is a fundamental value embraced by the Jewish people. The American Jewish community has long advocated the principle of collective responsibility and worked to promote equal opportunity, social justice, and support for those in need in our society who are elderly, widowed, orphaned, poor or have disabilities. Based on…