Center for Poverty Solutions

 Poverty loses when human dignity prevails 

America has lost the War on Poverty. After nearly 60 years and $12 trillion, the poverty rate remains stuck between 11% and 15%. We’ve focused on making poverty more bearable rather than helping people escape a trap that lasts for generations. We’ve created dependence and taken people’s dignity and purpose. There are better ways to treat people, and we will bring free-market solutions to one of the most important policy issues of our time through the Center for Poverty Solutions, starting in Chicago. Together, we can defeat poverty and build self-worth.

Sherronda Booker

Sherronda Booker

“2020, after volunteering at my children’s school for so long, I was offered a job in the lunchroom. I think the wage was maybe $13 an hour. I am also a licensed cosmetologist who was not actively doing hair because I was more focused on raising my three children.” “$13-an-hour was not enough to live...

The Policy Shop: Chicago’s poverty paradox

The Policy Shop: Chicago’s poverty paradox

This edition of The Policy Shop is by Head of Policy Joshua Bandoch. When President Lyndon B. Johnson told the U.S. Congress in 1964 he was declaring the War on Poverty, he did not set out a vision for an America in which over $12 trillion in taxes would be spent over more than 60 years to...

Matt Nalett

Matt Nalett

“Even though it’s a crime against property, it’s still taking away peoples’ livelihoods."

The Policy Shop: Too much government licensing hurts jobseekers

The Policy Shop: Too much government licensing hurts jobseekers

This edition of The Policy Shop is by Director of Policy Research Joseph Tabor. If you are going to fly a plane filled with passengers, you should prove you are capable and be licensed. If you are going to cut open a person and prevent more heart attacks, again, you should prove your skills and...

Blue Pacheco-Cornejo

Blue Pacheco-Cornejo

"“With all the student-athletes I work with, my goal is to get them to understand the importance of using that work ethic in everything; not just basketball."