Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis


When: Thursday, June 19, 2014 • 9:00 AM; and Friday, June 20, 2014 • 9:30 AM

Where: Washington Court Hotel • 525 New Jersey Ave NW • Washington, DC • spacer Map

Media Inquiries: Karen Anderson • 202-797-6023 •

General Inquiries: Laura Howell • 202-797-4360 •


Millions of people in the United States—roughly one-in-seven adults and one-in-five children—live in poverty. Childhood poverty often means growing up without the advantages of a stable home, high-quality schools, or consistent nutrition. Adults in poverty are often burdened with inadequate skills and education, leading to limited wages and job opportunities. 

On June 19–20, The Hamilton Project at Brookings brought together leading scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and business and labor leaders for a two-day summit to discuss a range of policy approaches for combating poverty in the United States.

The Hamilton Project released 14 new policy proposals, written by academic experts, offering pragmatic, evidence-based strategies for combating poverty. They include proposals to promote early childhood development, support disadvantaged youth, build skills for American workers, and improve safety net and work support

Follow @hamiltonproj and continue the conversation using #AddressingPoverty. The new proposals are available at

Day One: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day one of Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis focused on new approaches to building skills, through both a CEO-level conversation on the demand for high-skill training and apprenticeship programs, and a roundtable of scholars and practitioners discussing the three new workforce training proposals. The agenda for day one also included a roundtable to discuss the three new proposals for supporting disadvantaged youth, and a roundtable to discuss the three new proposals to promote early childhood development

For the agenda for day one, click here»

Day Two: Friday, June 20, 2014

Day two of Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis focused on new policies to improve the safety net and work support, including a roundtable to discuss new proposals for a refundable child-care credit, an expansion to the Earned Income Tax Credit, and opportunities to harness innovative capacities to improve the administration of social services. The agenda for day two will also include a roundtable that will focus on opportunities to strengthen minimum wage and work-share policies to benefit low-wage workers.

For the agenda for day two, click here»


For the full, two-day agenda, click here»



Full agenda details are available here»

8:15 a.m. Registration Opens

A light breakfast provided.

9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

9:25 a.m. Framing Remarks

9:35 a.m. Roundtable: View from the Private Sector on High-Skill Training and Apprenticeship

10:30 a.m. Roundtable: New Approaches to Building Skills

11:45 a.m. Lunch Break

Boxed lunches provided.

12:15 p.m. Keynote Address: The Honorable Bill Clinton

1:15 p.m. Roundtable: Supporting Disadvantaged Youth

2:30 p.m. Break

Refreshments provided.

2:45 p.m. Roundtable: Promoting Early Childhood Development

4:00 p.m. Day One of Summit Concludes


Full agenda details are available here»

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

A light breakfast provided.

9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:45 a.m. Roundtable: Improving Social-Program Design and Delivery

11:00 a.m. Break

Refreshments provided.

11:15 a.m. Roundtable: The Role of Work-Sharing and Minimum Wage Policy in Supporting Workers

12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks - Day Two of Summit Concludes

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