Two teams of researchers have proposed ambitious policy solutions that would cut childhood poverty in America by 40 – 50 percent over current levels. CLPHA is pleased to feature their work during the opening plenary session of CLPHA’s Housing is Summit on Thursday, May 16.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), who co-led the effort to secure funding for a study on childhood poverty with fellow Appropriations Committee member, and now Subcommittee Chairwoman, Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), will offer introductory remarks. The landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which was published in February by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is a comprehensive, non-partisan analysis of child poverty in the United States.
Christine James Brown, the chief executive officer of the Child Welfare League of America and a member of the Board of the National Academies will present the National Academies study and two packages of policy proposals that would reduce child poverty by 50 percent over the next decade.
The lead author of “A Universal Child Allowance: A Plan to Reduce Poverty and Income Instability Among Children in the United States,” Dr. Luke Shafer, will discuss the significant impact that a universal child allowance of $250 per month could have on the overall health and well-being of children of all incomes, but especially those living in extreme, $2 per day, poverty.
The opening plenary session along with many of the Housing Is Summit sessions will be webcast live.