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Helping Low-Income Families Out of Poverty

Elisabeth Babcock, President and CEO of CWU, joins forces with Congresswoman Katherine Clark in this opinion piece to support reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

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New Minimum-Wage Policy

Brandeis University uses CWU's Economic Independence Calculator to approve an increase of their campus' minimum wage to $15.05 per hour for full-time employees.

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More aid needed to help students cover living expenses

In a letter to the editor, CWU Coordinator of Finance Specialists, Caitlin Smith, discusses the importance of Need-based, state-funded financial aid that could cover the costs of basic living expenses, such as rent, utilities, food, car expenses, and child care, would give these students a real opportunity to succeed.

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Putnam missed the mark


In his new book, "Bowling Alone" author spotlights a growing opportunity gap, but parents are not to blame for lack of mobility. CWU's Director of The Intergenerational Mobility Project, Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga discusses how partnering with parents has the potential to provide the best outcomes for "Our Kids."

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Writing To Heal From Trauma: Women Pen Memoirs With Help From Michael Patrick MacDonald

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For many people who’ve endured trauma, writing brings a sense of peace. And now a program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston, called “Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise,” is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing. Guiding the writing is Michael Patrick MacDonald, Boston native and author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie.” WBUR’s Deborah Becker spoke with MacDonald and one of the women who took his memoir course, Jennifer McCall.

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