Digest: Asset Building for Human Services Organizations, CA EITC, a New Study from Johns Hopkins University… and More!

Asset-Building Tools for Human Services Organizations

A new guidebook from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis and the National Human Services Assembly serves as a primer on asset building for human organizations focused on human services. Empowering Prosperity: Strengthening Human Services Impacts through Asset Integration is intended to help practitioners further their work by integrating asset building models into their existing program. You can download the guidebook here

California’s New EITC to Benefit Low-Wage Earners

This year, California lawmakers created the state’s first-ever Earned Income Tax Credit, designed to benefit the lowest wage earners who may lack access to steady employment. California joins 26 other states with EITC programs, but is unique because it targets workers whose income is so low they may not typically file income taxes. A powerful anti-poverty tool, the success on of the California EITC may rest on the awareness-raising efforts that are required post-implementation. For more on the California EITC, check out this article from the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

New Study on Race and Homeownership from Johns Hopkins University

A new study from Johns Hopkins University found that race was a significant factor in whether lower-income, first-time home-buyers made money on the purchase of a home between 2000 and 2010.  The study was published in the September issue of Real Estate Economics. Check out an analysis of the study from The Atlantic here.

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