• Tuesday, July 29 Forum: Taking Stock of the Affordable Care Act: What Are the Data Telling Us
    The Urban Institute\'s Health Policy Center will host a discussion of new findings from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey on changes in health coverage, access, and use; experiences with the Health care Marketplaces; and characteristics of the remaining uninsured since the end of the first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Panelists include, Katherine Hempstead, director at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sharon Long, senior fellow at the Urban Institute; and Stephen Zuckerman, senior fellow and co-director at the Urban Institute. The panel will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday, July 30 National Audio Conference: Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards: Targeting Strategies for Financial Success
    The final audio conference in the Ideas for Action Award series will explore two exemplary programs that help distinct populations (at-risk students and American Indians) build financial assets through unique approaches. These include building on existing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that serve American Indian communities, linking participating households to a broad range of asset building services and public benefit programs; and a micro aid program that gives students small loans to deal with financial difficulties that might otherwise lead them to drop out of school. The audio conference will be held from 3-4 p.m. EDT.
  • Wednesday, July 30 Briefing: Underpaid and Overloaded: Women in Low-Wage Jobs
    The National Women\'s Law Center (NWLC) and Good Jobs Nation will host a congressional briefing around a new report that illustrates women\'s over-representation in low-wage jobs, the challenging characteristics of those jobs, and the policy solutions that would raise labor standards for all workers. Panelists include Joseph Geevarghese, deputy director of Change to Win, and Emily Martin, vice president and general counsel of NWLC. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon EDT at the Capitol Visitors Center\'s Congressional Meeting Room North in Washington, D.C. RSVP to Alana Eichner at
  • Wednesday, July 30 Film Screening of Rich Hill
    New America NYC, the New America Foundation\'s Asset Building Program, and the MacArthur Foundation will host a screening of Rich Hill, followed by a discussion on the impact of poverty on rural youth and the ways we can respond with greater urgency and understanding. The 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner takes an intimate look inside the homes and lives of small town, rural America, where families cling to the promise of equal opportunity and dreams of a better life in the future. Tracy Droz Tragos, director and producer of Rich Hill, will participate in the discussion. The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT at New America in New York City.
  • Wednesday, August 6 Webinar: Heirs' Property: Preventing Loss and Promoting Effective Utilization
    The Institute for Research on Poverty will hold a webinar to examine the topic of so-called “heirs’ property,” which is property that has been passed down through generations, typically in poor and minority communities, without a written Will or legal transfer. This type of ownership significantly increases the risk that an heir (or a land speculator who has purchased an heir’s share) will try to force a sale or that the land will be lost to tax default. The webinar will address strategies to build a more secure ownership model that helps these low-income families build wealth with their properties. The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. EDT.
  • Thursday, August 7 National Audio Conference: Bridges to Economic Opportunity: Using Transportation to Connect People to Work
    The Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed major transportation legislation to address the urgent transit challenges facing urban, suburban, and rural communities. At the same time, local leaders are exploring strategies aimed at helping low-income people in communities where lack of transportation is a major barrier to economic opportunity. Spotlight, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Transportation Equity Caucus will co-sponsor a national audio conference to explore several examples of nationwide and local action on this issue. The audio call will be held from 3-4 p.m. EDT.