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West Coast Poverty Center

West Coast Poverty Center


Call for Applications - Mini-Grants

The West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) is currently accepting applications for mini-grants to help jump start collaborations between WCPC scholars and community practitioners or agencies on topics related to poverty, social policy, and individual or family financial well-being, broadly construed. These $5,000 - $10,000 awards are intended to support pilot studies, initial data analyses, and/or the development of applications for larger sources of funding. In this round of funding, proposals are welcome on any poverty-related topic, but priority will be given to proposals that address criminal justice or housing issues. These funds are available through the support of the Seattle Foundation.

Proposals are due on May 23rd, with a letter of intent to apply due by May 17th.

Learn more and apply here.


Affiliate News

NEWS: New Census Data Shows More Americans Emerging From Poverty

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.   Read the article HERE.

NEWS: Minimum Wage Increases: What Does the Research Show?

Mark LongWith Washington poised to vote on Initiative 433 this month, more eyes are turning to research on the impact of raising the minimum wage. Mark Long, WCPC Affiliate and UW Professor of Public Policy, co-authored a recent study on Seattle’s experiments with such legislation. He helped qualify the findings with the Yakima Herald recently. Read the article HERE.


DIALOGUE: Variation in State Safety Net Provision

Dialogue 7In this DIALOGUE, we explore and compare safety net policies across states during a period of expanding state discretion. We build on a multi-part research project by University of Washington Professor and WCPC Founding Director Marcia Meyers, University of Iowa Assistant Professor Sarah Bruch, and City University Professor Janet Gonick that explores what predicts state policy choices across safety net policies and programs and what the consequences are for child/family economic security . Read more about DIALOGUE 7.

FLASH: A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor

Alexes HarrisOver the past two decades, states have been charging those convicted of felonies a growing list of fines, user fees, and restitution to victims as part of their sentences. Even after they serve their time in prison, individuals remain under court supervision until these legal debts are paid in full. In A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the PoorWCPC Affiliate and Professor of Sociology Alexes Harris explores the increasing prevalence, application, and implications of court-ordered monetary sanctions for felony convictions in state courts. Learn what she found, including how these fees and the system they're embedded within function to perpetually punish already marginalized individuals  Read the PFlash.