Why it Matters

Too often, the voices of low-income Americans are not heard in debates around anti-poverty policies even though they have the unique experience and knowledge needed to address these issues. Involving and centering people with lived experience of poverty in advocacy is essential in any efforts to end poverty and helps build understanding, reduce stigma and discrimination, and improve the quality, relevance, and impact of anti-poverty policies and programs. 

In the United States today, one in seven people live in poverty, staggering number that would be twice as high without federal anti-poverty programs. Yet, too often, these programs come under political threat. When making decisions about funding and policy, lawmakers rarely seek the opinion of those who understand the reality of poverty. 

The Experts on Poverty are empowered to be change agents, sharing their expertise and stories with each other, the public, and decisions makers to influence and advocate for anti-poverty policy, highlight the ways these policies impact their lives, and shift the narrative around the realities of living in poverty. 

If you are interested in sharing your story or want to learn more, please contact Keisha McVey at [email protected]


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