Grantee Profile

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Grants to Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  • $270,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $25,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

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

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To participate in The Preservation Compact (over three years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of legal assistance, policy and advocacy related to the Preservation Compact (over three years).

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over four years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law $3,795,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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