For people with low income, barriers such as unstable families, poor-quality education, lack of access to educational opportunities and jobs, and inability to meet basic food, health care, and housing needs can hamper upward economic mobility. Some low-income families and individuals can overcome these barriers, and their experience of poverty is transitory. For others, assistance from public or private sources can make the difference. This report provides a framework for thinking about the programs and initiatives that help individuals and families beat these odds and move out of poverty. We identify and discuss 13 building blocks that are fundamental to advancing the economic mobility of Americans with low income. Each building block is presented with the outcomes initiatives usually seek to achieve. (Author abstract)
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