The Experts on Poverty, launched in 2015, are a diverse team of advocates from across the country. They use their firsthand experience of poverty to push for more effective government policies to support low-income Americans. All the Experts have personal experience with food insecurity, lack of affordable and accessible housing, housing instability, and/or programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), tax credits, or other federal “safety net” assistance that help millions of Americans make ends meet.
The Experts on Poverty played a key role in RESULTS’ shift to housing policy and are helping shape our U.S. poverty policy strategies and priorities. Experts receive training, support, and inspiration to become stronger leaders in the anti-poverty movement, shifting the narrative around those who experience poverty and highlighting the way anti-poverty policies affect their everyday lives.
“I am an immigrant from Brazil, single-mother, brain scientist in training, and anti-poverty advocate. I support antipoverty legislation because I know what is like to not have basic needs met and how it deprives you of your humanity. I joined RESULTS and the Experts on Poverty to talk to legislators in hopes to improve the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet, to give back their dignity and humanity.”
“The reason I do this work, am an advocate with RESULTS, and am a part of the Experts on Poverty is because it allows me to make change through sharing my experiences with homelessness and addiction. To have come through these challenges and still survive. Now I have found my true purpose: to serve others, alongside others.”