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Presented By: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Combating poverty and inequality amidst a pandemic

A discussion with Luke Shaefer, Alford Young Jr., and Michael S. Barr

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

The current public health crisis has further exposed deep inequities in the United States, leaving millions unemployed and straining social services. While many Americans have seen an abrupt drop in income, those already living in poverty are facing additional hardships. Luke Shaefer, Ford School associate dean and director of Poverty Solutions, Alford A. Young Jr, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Michael S. Barr, dean of the Ford School, will discuss some of the ways that policymakers and communities are attempting to combat poverty during this crisis. How can existing federal, state, and local programs expand to meet rapidly increasing needs? What policy approaches can effectively help those most in need? How can we learn from these extraordinary circumstances in order to more effectively alleviate poverty moving forward?

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