Affecting Change

To Prevent & Alleviate Poverty

Mural by Bob Spence on Rosa Parks Blvd in Southwest Detroit
Director H. Luke Shaefer
The mission of Poverty Solutions is to partner with communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty.
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Detroit skyline with the words Investing in Us: Resident Priorities for Economic Mobility in Detroit

Poverty Solutions partners with 4 Detroit organizations to fund, evaluate economic mobility projects

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News Release | Nov. 10, 2021

U-M launches SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to combat the effects of climate change

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News Release | Nov. 1, 2021

$100,000 available for U-M faculty grants to research ways to prevent, alleviate poverty

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Feature | Oct. 27, 2021

Poverty Solutions Director Luke Shaefer to give inaugural Kohn lecture on using evidence to fight poverty

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  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Off Campus Location

    Interpreting Structural Inequality Through a Complex Systems Framework: Emergence and Robustness

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  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Off Campus Location

    Josh Tetrick – Eat JUST, Social Entrepreneurship, Cell-Based Meat Sector, Start-Ups

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Our Approach

Projects and Partners

Our projects focus on data, evidence, and equitable partnerships to bring about positive change.

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80 +

research projects supported
since 2016