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A National Conversation on Deep Poverty


A National Conversation on Deep Poverty

The deep poverty threshold is typically defined as having income below half of the federal poverty level. But living in deep poverty is more than a number – it is a persistent and entrenched condition that is often characterized by challenges like addiction, homelessness, disability, and chronic illness.

Deep poverty affects more than 18.5 million people in the United States. So how can we move the needle to lift more Americans out of this vicious cycle? Join us for A National Conversation on Deep Poverty as we explore the causes, impact, and potential solutions to extreme poverty in the U.S. with a cross-disciplinary panel of experts dedicated to unraveling this complex issue. 



Maureen Bunyan

A 44-year veteran of television news who anchored the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/ WJLA-TV and CBS9/WUSA-TV


Clarence AnthonyExecutive director of the National League of Cities. Anthony served as the mayor of South Bay, Florida, for 24 years. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a sense of community within cities.

Caroline RatcliffeSenior fellow and co-director of the Opportunity and Ownership initiative at the Urban Institute. Ratcliffe is an expert on asset building and poverty and has published and spoken extensively on poverty and other economic issues.

Luke Shaefer, PhDDirector of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty.

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