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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
2010 • 2 years • Policy Research
In support of general operations (over two years).
2010 • 3 years • Housing
To participate in The Preservation Compact (over three years).
2007 • 3 years • Housing
In support of legal assistance, policy and advocacy related to the Preservation Compact (over three years).