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Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

“Building Ladders of Opportunity”

The cycle of poverty continues to disproportionally affect the African-American community. The CBC Poverty Reduction Taskforce focuses on the systemic reasons behind this issue, including the lack of employment, housing, and educational opportunities in the African-American community. It is with this perspective in mind that the CBC Task Force proposes policy solutions that help break this cycle. For example, the Task Force supports the 10-20-30 Formula, a bold initiative that requires federal agencies to commit 10 percent of their budgets to the 476 counties where 20 percent or more of the population has been living below the poverty line for the last 30 years.
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