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Asset Building News Week, April 9-13

April 13, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include our new Assets Report, welfare reform, food security, veterans, housing, tax time, alternatives to mainstream banking, economic security for the working poor, and student loan debt.

Asset Building News Week, Mar 12-16

March 16, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on the The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include young adult unemployment, student loan debt, banking products, asset building at tax time, and the racial wealth gap.

Asset Building News Week, Mar 5-9

March 9, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on the The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include unemployment, inequality, education, and homeownership.

Pittsburgh CONNECTS Charts a Better Digital Future with Public Computer Centers

March 8, 2012

As part of an ongoing effort to understand the broader impact of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants, this week the Open Technology Initiative takes a look at a collaborative community-driven project in Pittsburgh that bundles civic engagement and services with broadband adoption work.

Returning to the Nest Has Costs

February 29, 2012
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Has the Great Recession changed the way we live? Given the severity of the economic downturn and the slow recovery, it’s a good question to ask. The experience has certainly given pause to those previously expected to be purchasing homes. Home values remain depressed in many markets as supply continues to outstrip demand, which has been dampened by declining incomes and scarce job opportunities. All of which has contributed to a noticeable “return to the nest” phenomenon, where grown children are moving back in with their parents in increasing numbers. If the housing market and economy don’t improve, they may stay there for a while.

The Census Bureau reports that since the Great Recession began, 7 million more American are living in doubled up arrangements. The trend for young adults was particularly dramatic. For persons ages 25 and 34, their rate of living doubled up has increased over 25%. Not surprisingly, this group has fared poorly in the current economy. In 2010, their incomes declined over 9%, the worst performance of any demographic group. When they live in households with other working adults, most are not counted as poor, but if their own income status were considered, over 45% would have incomes below the poverty threshold. On top of that, it’s likely that many are saddled with debt, including rising levels of student loan that they can’t repay until they start work and begin to generate earnings. It’s been pretty tough out there for recent college grads.

Bi-Sectoralism: It's the Economy Stupid II

February 27, 2012

This piece is coauthored by Bruce Jentleson, Professor at Duke University, and Jay Pelosky, Principal of J2Z Advisory. It originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Maine Librarians Bridge the Digital Job Divide

February 15, 2012

Patrick Therrien holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certification in Human Resources Management. During three months of unemployment, Therrien looked online to learn the latest tips on how to build his resume, write cover letters, and give a strong interview. Despite his tech-savvy, he felt overwhelmed by the amount of information online.

Asset Building News Week, Feb 6-10

February 10, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on the The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include jobs, income inequality, housing, the unbanked, retirement security, personal finance, and economic mobility. Stay tuned for next week, which will likely be dominated by the release of the President's FY 2013 budget proposal on Monday, which tends to send Washington, DC into a budget-centric tizzy.

Asset Building News Week, Groundhog Day Edition

February 3, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on the The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include CFED's release of its Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, financial education, jobs, asset limits, lower-income consumers, the mortgage mess, and rhetoric about poverty, inequality, and mobility.

Mitt Romney Needs a Tutorial on How Well the Safety Net Works for Poor People

February 1, 2012

Conditional clauses are very important. Mitt Romney's statement yesterday that he's "not worried about the very poor" is based on the supposition that "there's a safety net there," an "ample" safety net at that. This is similar to my saying that I'm not worried about whether my husband will starve to death when I leave town because he knows how to order a pizza.

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