Impact University: Public Policy

Short Films & Videos

Para Los Niños (For the Children) >

Brigido is a proud father, a loving husband, and a diligent fieldworker. He and his family move with the crop seasons, spending winter and spring in Florida picking strawberries and summer…

public transportation

Headways >

For some, public transportation isn't an option -- it's a necessity. But in the Birmingham, Alabama, metro area, a region consistently ranked one of the worst in the nation for its…

The Atlantic

20 Years Since Welfare ‘Reform’ >

Edin, K. and Shaefer, H.L. (2016-08-22, The Atlantic): Today, across the country, welfare is—at best—a shadow of its former self. America's poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago.

Public Policy

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How >

A decade ago, Utah set itself an ambitious goal: end chronic homelessness. As of 2015, the state can just about declare victory: The population of chronically homeless people has dropped by 91 percent.

Public Policy

So Little to Ask For: A Home >

Kristof, N. (2016-04-07, The New York Times): "The United States has 64,000 families who are homeless, including 123,000 children, and many will be permanently harmed by the experience. We have growing evidence that traumas like homelessness can flood a child's brain with a stress hormone, cortisol, and impair brain development." Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, takes a closer look at the damaging effects of homelessness and the proposed policy that could greatly impact the nation.

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