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Scott AllardScott Allard, WCPC Affiliate and UW Professor of Public Policy, spoke with The Atlantic about what reality looks like for America's poorest families today, eight years after the Great Recession. Census data shows that the numbers of people living in poverty has returned to pre-recession levels, suggesting that the improving job market and expanded safety net may be helping the country's most vulnerable citizens. 

Jennie RomichWCPC center director, Jennie Romich, speaks with KUOW about what 20 years of welfare reform has meant for Washington families. While there are less poor families currently on welfare than there were 20 years ago, the number of families living in deep poverty in Washington state has gone up dramatically. Romich states, "If the concern is the financial well-being of poor families, it has not been a success. Read the article.

Research by former WCPC Social Policy Research Fellow Maria Rodriguez, a UW doctoral candidate, was recently featured in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Region 10 newsletter, HUDlines. Rodriguez's work, as part of the recently-released Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report, examines the 2008-2013 foreclosure crisis zip code by zip code in Washington State. Read the report.

Jacob VigdorFaculty Affiliate Jacob Vigdor spoke recently with KUOW about the study he is leading that is looking at the effect of wage increases on businesses, earnings, employment and low-income families. Listen here.

Mark LongResearch by WCPC Affiliate Mark Long, and Evans School PhD student Alec Kennedy was highlighted in a U.S. News and World Report piece, “Location, location, location: Are top universities too far away from low-income high school graduates?”

Maria Rodriguez

Research by former WCPC Social Policy Research Fellow Maria Rodriguez, a UW doctoral candidate, was recently featured in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Region 10 newsletter, HUDlines. Rodriguez's work, as part of the recently-released Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report, examines the 2008-2013 foreclosure crisis zip code by zip code in Washington State. Read the report.