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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Chicago, Illinois
www.povertylaw.org

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions Recipient

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law was awarded $6,204,450 between 1997 and 2018, including 21 grants in MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, Policy Research, Housing, Journalism & Media, Criminal Justice, and What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance.

$165,000

2018 • 1 year • Criminal Justice

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (the Shriver Center) provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty, both by advocating directly for policies that benefit people in poverty, and by providing resources, training, coordination and support to networks of attorneys across the country engaged in legal aid and antipoverty advocacy. This award supports the engagement of the Shriver Center’s Legal Impact Network (LIN), a national group of state-based justice reform advocacy organizations, in the Safety and Justice Challenge, both to support and strengthen jail incarceration reduction efforts in Challenge Network jurisdictions and to promote the spread of similar reforms nationally. The award funds both a planning and exploration process to identify jurisdictions with which Legal Impact Network members can form effective partnerships, and an initial engagement period, culminating in a proposal for full engagement of the Legal Impact Network in the work of the Safety and Justice Challenge.

$300,000

2016 • 2 years • Policy Research

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization working to advance justice and opportunity for people living in poverty in Illinois and throughout the United States. To achieve its mission, the Shriver Center engages in advocacy directly and provides advocate resources and training across a wide range of issues, including budget and taxes, fair housing, criminal justice, employment, health care, public benefits, and more. This general operating award enables the Shriver Center to continue to advance policies that support people living in poverty; to train poverty lawyers and legal assistance groups to work together effectively; and to build networks of antipoverty advocates to engage in coordinated, multi-state efforts.

$25,000

2015 • 6 months • Policy Research

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center works with community groups, fellow advocates, service providers, decision-makers, and others to develop and advance antiipoverty policies that respond directly to the needs of people in poverty, with particular focus on the state of Illinois. As Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, begins to tackle the state's budget challenges, the FY20 16 budget proposal includes spending cuts across a broad range of programs and services, with dramatic implications for some of the state's most vulnerable populations. The Shriver Center chairs and co-manages daily responsibilities of the Responsible Budget Coalition, a diverse mix of 175 member organizations that has become a leading voice on issues related to the state budget. This grant will support the Responsible Budget Coalition's efforts to engage in a coordinated education and communications effort over the coming months to help policymakers, the media, and the public better understand the importance of state budget issues and the implications of upcoming budget choices.

$270,000

2015 • 1 year • Policy Research

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) provides local and national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. This grant renews operating support for the Shriver Center as it continues to engage in state and federal advocacy efforts to promote policies across a wide range of issues, including budget and taxes, fair housing, criminal justice, employment, health care and more. Through its Advocate Resources and Training Program, the Shriver Center continues to build the skills of poverty lawyers, legal assistance groups, and policy organizations across the country to work on coordinated action. Working with community groups to identify issues, develop agendas across multiple issues, and then engaging these groups with advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders, the Shriver Center’s goal is to help bring about positive policy and systemic changes for people in poverty year in and year out.

$450,000

2015 • 2 years • Housing

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law improves the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty by providing legal assistance and policy advocacy. A promising approach to preserve government-assisted rental housing is to consider the views of tenants, building owners, and public agencies collectively when devising a strategy for a particular property. By establishing itself as an informed, trusted partner to all involved parties, the Shriver Center has crafted a model approach to accelerate preservation activity by bridging the differences between these groups. The grant allows the Shriver Center to continue its role in Cook County as a critical broker of preservation transactions and to assist other jurisdictions across the country adopt its model approach to preserving affordable rental housing.

$300,000

2013 • 2 years • Housing

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides legal representation to tenants and pursues a comprehensive agenda of local, state and federal policy development and public education about affordable housing. As in many other parts of the country, Chicago-area low-income families face a demonstrable shortage of safe, affordable rental housing. The problem is exacerbated by tenants unable to afford competent lawyers regarding disputes with landlords and by local elected officials uniformed about their obligations to support affordable rental housing. The grant will ensure the Shriver Center can continue to provide legal advocacy, research, and education, toward the goal of preserving publicly supported rental housing in the Chicago area.

$450,000

2012 • 3 years • Policy Research

This grant supports the Shriver Center National Center on Poverty Law as it uses advocacy, communications and training to advance laws and policies that seek to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center will work across multiple issue areas, including housing, health care, economic development, workforce development, work supports, and community investment, with a particular focus on state budget and tax reform. With Illinois continuing to face severe fiscal pressures and the sunset of temporary tax increases in 2015, the Shriver Center will focus attention on reforming the state’s tax system.

$250,000

2010 • 2 years • Policy Research

In support of general operations (over two years).

$300,000

2010 • 3 years • Housing

To participate in The Preservation Compact (over three years).

$1,000,000

2010 • 2 years • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

To create an operating reserve, invest in technological upgrades, and increase communications and fundraising capabilities (over two years).

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