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Freedom from hunger: An achievable goal for the United States of America

Individual Author: 
Chilton, Mariana
Coates, Spencer
Doar, Robert
Everett, Jeremy
Finn, Susan
Frank, Deborah
Jamason, Cherie
Shore, Billy
Sykes, Russell

To identify solutions to hunger, Congress created the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger “to provide policy recommendations to Congress and the USDA Secretary to more effectively use existing programs and funds of the Department of Agriculture to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.”

Supporting healthy marriages among fathers with histories of incarceration: Activities and lessons learned from six Responsible Fatherhood programs

Individual Author: 
Fontaine, Jocelyn
Eisenstat, Josh
Cramer, Lindsey

The Fatherhood Reentry projects provided activities to fathers (and their families) in institutional settings as they were nearing release (“prerelease”) and in their offices located in the community (“postrelease”). All six projects provided services in multiple institutional settings: federal prisons (KISRA), state prisons (KISRA, LSS, NJDOC, PB&J, RIDGE, and Rubicon), county/regional jails (KISRA, PB&J, RIDGE, and Rubicon), and residential substance abuse treatment facilities (Rubicon).

Encouraging responsible parenting among fathers with histories of incarceration: Activities and lessons from six Responsible Fatherhood programs

Individual Author: 
Fontaine, Jocelyn
Cramer, Lindsey
Paddock, Ellen

The Fatherhood Reentry projects provided activities to fathers (and their families) in institutional settings as they were nearing release (“prerelease”) and in their offices located in the community (“postrelease”). All six projects provided services in multiple institutional settings: federal prisons (KISRA), state prisons (KISRA, LSS, NJDOC, PB&J, RIDGE, and Rubicon), county/regional jails (KISRA, PBandJ, RIDGE, and Rubicon), and residential substance abuse treatment facilities (Rubicon).

Promoting the economic stability of fathers with histories of incarceration: Activities and lessons from six Responsible Fatherhood programs

Individual Author: 
Fontaine, Jocelyn
Kurs, Emma

With funding from the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation contracted with the Urban Institute to conduct an implementation evaluation of OFA’s Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Projects (“Fatherhood Reentry”). Six organizations were funded to implement a range of activities intended to help stabilize fathers and their families, help move fathers toward economic self sufficiency, and reduce recidivism.

Final implementation findings from the Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects

Individual Author: 
Fontaine, Jocelyn
Cramer, Lindsey
Kurs, Emma
Paddock, Ellen
Eisenstat, Josh
Levy, Jeremy
Hussemann, Jeanette

The evaluation of the Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Projects (“Fatherhood Reentry”) documented the implementation of six programs designed to help stabilize fathers and their families, help move fathers toward economic self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. This report presents the findings from the evaluation and provides an overview of the activities implemented by the programs, describes their various approaches to implementation, and identifies the implementation challenges they faced and the solutions they used to overcome those challenges.

Borrowing trouble: Predatory lending in Native American communities

Individual Author: 
First Nations Development Institute

Predatory lending practices, which increased with the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, disproportionately target Native American communities and other vulnerable populations. This report provides an overview of the predatory lending practices that have had a harmful impact on Native people and highlights the efforts of five Native Nations to fight this growing problem. (Author abstract)

Center for Working Families at community colleges: Clearing the financial barriers to student success, case studies

Individual Author: 
Liston, Cynthia D.
Donnan, Robert

Casey's Center for Working Families (CWF) partnered with community college programs across the county to help low-income students access, navigate and complete their community college courses. Detailed case studies show how five of these programs are making a difference. (Author abstract)

Building savings for success: Early impacts from the Assets for Independence program randomized evaluation

Individual Author: 
Mills, Gregory
Pergamit, Michael
McKerman, Signe-Mary
Braga, Breno
Ratcliffe, Caroline
Hahn, Heather
Edelstein, Sara
Elkin, Sam

This report presents first-year findings from an evaluation of the Assets for Independence (AFI) program at two sites — Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM and RISE Financial Pathways in Los Angeles, CA.

Findings show that the AFI program increased low-income participants’ savings after one year. There is also evidence of a range of several beneficial secondary impacts, including reductions in material hardship and improvements in perceived financial well-being.

Reducing economic hardship: Encouraging asset development among low-income individuals and families

Individual Author: 
Schultz, Caroline
Elliot, Mark
McKernon, Signe-Mary
Lehman, Gretchen

This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) includes presentations of findings from three programs intended to promote financial empowerment. Panelists discussed the implications of these findings for policy and practice in expanding economic opportunity.

Early implementation findings from Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects

Individual Author: 
Fontaine, Jocelyn
Rossman, Shelli
Cramer, Lindsey

This report from the Urban Institute provides early implementation findings from a study of six grantees that provide soon-to-be and recently-released fathers and their families with an array of activities and services in responsible fatherhood/parenting, healthy marriage/relationships, and economic stability. The goals of the programs are to help stabilize the fathers and their families, move the fathers toward self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. These OFA grantees began program operations in October 2011; this report covers program activity through May 2013. (author abstract)