The Academy’s 33rd annual policy conference was held virtually on March 2 – 4, 2021. Participants in Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table unpacked the latest policy proposals being discussed by federal and state officials, as well as policies that could be elevated further, such as universal basic income, a refundable child tax credit, and federalizing unemployment insurance.
Stakeholders highlighted the unique situations faced by the immigrant community, the homeless community, the formerly incarcerated community, the disabled community, agricultural workers, the Black community, Native Americans, and others.
2021 Virtual Conference
- Conference Recordings
- Assured Income for the 21st Century | Working Paper
- Conference Reading List
- Stakeholder Partners
- Campaign for Pathways to Economic Security
Jeremie Greer, Liberation in a Generation
James Roosevelt, Jr., grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dorian Warren, Community Change
Session 1: Holes in the Safety Net and Goals Yet to Be Achieved
Session 2: The Contemporary State of Needs
Session 3: Bolstering the Existing System for People with Disabilities and Care Workers
Session 4: Foundations for a New System
Session 5: Assuring Economic Security for All
Session 6: Financing Assured Income
This working paper examines how economic insecurity has evolved over time, the degree to which past policy efforts have mitigated economic insecurity, and touches on the components of an encompassing solution. The ultimate goal of this work is to help policymakers design an assured income policy portfolio that solidifies a floor of basic support and reduces economic insecurity. This policy goal is not solely backward looking or corrective. An inclusive economy with basic security for all creates both the backstop from depression and widespread prosperity during periods of economic growth.
In addressing economic insecurity, the solution is not a single policy, but a portfolio of policies. These policies reflect an overarching goal—get income to households—but not a single means of doing so. This in turn reflects that the sources of economic insecurity are not simple or even the same for different individuals and families.
This document will be amended based on feedback offered by participants in the National Academy of Social Insurance’s 2021 conference Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table and continued comments from members of the Economic Security Study Panel. This working paper does not include the Policy Options section of the report, which will outline the means by which policymakers might improve labor policy, benefit policy, protection policy, and equity policy, as defined on page 32. Revisions to the Policy Options section continue to take place; in your feedback we welcome suggestions for policies you believe should be included in the forthcoming report. The final report will include Acknowledgments, Methodology, the sections herein, Policy Options, and appendices.
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Current State of Needs / Impacts of the COVID-19 CrisisCoalition for the Homeless
- COVID-19 and Homelessness in New York City: Pandemic Pandemonium for New Yorkers without Homes
- Housing is Healthcare: Responding to COVID-19 in a Comprehensive and Systemic Way | Updated March 15, 2021
- Older Women and Poverty | December 2018
- Supporting Older Americans’ Basic Needs: Health Care, Income, Housing and Food | April 2018
- Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2019
Assured Income and Pathways ForwardFines and Fees Justice Center
- The Clearinghouse | An online library of information about efforts to reform fines and fees in the legal system
- 2021 Legislative Priorities: Preserve and Protect Social Security
- 2021 Legislative Priorities: Prioritize Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
- Legislative Priorities
- The Conservative Case for a Child Allowance | February 2021
- Centering the Margins: A Framework and Practices for Person-Centered Financial Security Policy | December 2020
- Becoming Visible: Race, Economic Security, and Political Voice in Jackson, Mississippi | November 2017
Fact Sheet | Child Tax Credits and Assured Income
Fact Sheet | “Building Back Better” for Older and Disabled Americans Requires Bringing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) into the 21st Century
Working Paper | Assured Income
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