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50 Years of Helping Families to Attain Economic Stability
Happy Birthday Community Action
[Lincoln]: January 8th marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union Address declaring an “unconditional war on poverty.” At Community Action of Nebraska, helping families to attain economic stability is our mission.
“Most Nebraskans in poverty are working hard to make ends meet, but economic stability is just out of their reach,” said Amber Hansen, the Statewide Community Relations Coordinator for Community Action of Nebraska. “On this 50th anniversary of Community Action, we believe that we should recommit to building an economy that works for everyone and invest in a strong safety net that supports families when they are struggling.”
Despite higher employment rates in Nebraska, too many families are unable to make ends meet. In 2012, Community Action of Nebraska conducted the “Statewide and Regional Community Assessment on Employment, Barriers to Employment and Training Needs.” The study found:
“Our economy and our country have fundamentally changed since the War on Poverty was declared,” said Hansen. “We need to implement policies and programs that make work pay and strengthen our safety net to ensure it keeps up with the challenges families are facing in today’s economy.”
209,000 Nebraskans were kept above the poverty line by public benefits, including 49,000 children, in 2011.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, public programs lifted 40 million people out of poverty in 2011.
This year’s legislative session creates an opportunity to build a stronger state for all Nebraskans. Community Action of Nebraska will advocate for policies that:
Community Action of Nebraska, “Statewide and Regional Community Assessment on Employment, Barriers to Employment, and Training Needs,” 2012, http://www.canhelp.org/uploads/pdf/2012CANReportFinal.pdf.
Sherman, Arloc, Danilo Trisi, and Sharon Parrot, “Various Supports for Low-Income Families Reduce Poverty and Have Long-Term Positive Effects on Children and Families,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 30, 2013, http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3997#_ftn2.
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