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  • Ziliak and Gundersen featured in Washington Post report

    August 2017

    James Ziliak's work on senior hunger, co-authored with University of Illinois Prof. Craig Gundersen, was featured in the Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2017.  The Post article in Peter Whoriskey's Wonkblog  discusses recent trends in food insecurity for people over 60. The 2015 annual report by Ziliak and Gundersen, prepared for Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, finds that rates of food insecurity have remained persistently high following the Great Recession, and that the recovery's effects seem to be the weakest for older Americans.  "There was no significant decline in seniors facing hunger," said Ziliak.

  • Op-ed by James Ziliak appears in the Huffiington Post

    July 2017

    An op-ed written by James Ziliak was recently featured on the Huffington Post.  The article, "SNAP Works", discusses the effectiveness of SNAP as public assistance program in light of recently proposed legislation designed to limit spending on public assistance. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” by Congressman Jim Jordan and Senator Mike Lee is designed to curtail spending on SNAP and increase work requirements for recipients.  Ziliak argues these work requirements put excessive burden on single parent households and are "based on the false premise that too many are receiving benefits for too long and without work. The evidence does not support this claim."  The full article may be read here.

  • James Ziliak co-edits volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

    July 2017

    A new volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, co-edited by James Ziliak of UKCPR, is now available.  The volume (672, Issue 1) is titled The Rural-Urban Interface: New Patterns of Spatial Interdependence and Inequality in America, and examines the disparities in inequality, and social, economic, and political hierarchies between rural and urban America.  The volume, based on a conference co-organized by UKCPR in 2016, also documents the fluidity of rural-urban boundaries and the implications for research programs and public policy.  More information about the volume may be found here.

  • UKCPR Co-Organizes "Deep Poverty in the United States" Conference, June 27-28

    June 2017

    UKCPR co-organized the conference "Deep Poverty in the United States" with the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the Urban Institute, on June 27-28, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.  The conference identified those in deep poverty and the issues they face.  The conference allowed researchers and practitioners interested in poverty issues to form connections and identify opportunities and implications for policy, practice, and research.  For more information, please see the agenda.

  • James Ziliak Discusses the Trump Budget Proposal on the Safety Net

    June 2017

    James Ziliak was recently featured on Marketplace, Vox, and The New York Times discussing President Trump's budget proposal stipulations for safety net programs.

  • UKCPR announces grantees for research on food security using the PSID

    June 2017

    The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, is funding five studies in 2017-18 to analyze food security using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). These projects focus on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth.

    All projects utilize PSID data. The USDA has sponsored the 18-item food security module in the 1999, 2001, 2003, 2015, and 2017 main family surveys, as well as the 1997 and 2014 Child Development Supplement.

    Our funded projects include the following:

    The long-term Health consequences of childhood food insecurity -- Angela R. Fertig, Medica Research Institute

  • UKCPR director to discuss the merits of a targeted child safety net

    May 2017

    UKCPR Director James Ziliak participated in a May 17 Webinar that discussed a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit. The webinar is a part of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty Webinar Series.  Ziliak will participate alongside Christopher Wimer of  Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy, who will discuss a plan for a Universal Child Allowance.  Access the Webinar.

  • Robert Paul Hartley Joins The Center on Poverty and Social Policy

    May 2017

    Robert Paul Hartley, a current UKCPR Graduate Research Fellow, will join The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, a new research center at the Columbia University School of Social Work, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the fall. The CPSP is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) organized by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty, of which UKCPR is also a member.  CPSP recently launched its website, which showcases  work focusing on poverty and social policy issues in New York City and the United States, providing unique data, policy tools, and research products for policy makers and researchers.

  • TANF turns 20

    March 2017

    A group of the nation's leading experts on welfare reform recently participated in a conference hosted by UKCPR and the Brookings Center on Children and Families. Analysts, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to discuss how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 changed the welfare landscape, and what the future of TANF might entail. Participants discussed the impact of welfare reform on caseloads and overall levels of assistance, and analyzed how successful TANF has been at promoting two parent families and incentivizing work. More information about the conference, along with a brief summary, can be found here.

  • Ziliak's Congressional testimony featured in U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report

    December 2016

    James Ziliak's Congressional testimony was featured in the  U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture December 2016 report, Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report provides an understanding of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) utilizes benefits to serve its population.