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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2020 Census undercounted population in select Detroit neighborhoods by 8%

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News Release | Dec. 15, 2021

Families with no earnings, Hispanic parents most likely to miss out on Child Tax Credit payments

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News Release | Dec. 7, 2021

Despite cost dip, Michigan auto insurance still high with persistent racial disparities

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Detroit skyline with the words Investing in Us: Resident Priorities for Economic Mobility in Detroit

Feature | Nov. 18, 2021

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

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

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

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  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Off Campus Location

    Centering Lived Expertise to Improve Food Assistance and Food Access

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  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Off Campus Location

    Detroit Financial Well-Being Innovation Challenge Launch

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Why does car insurance cost so much in Michigan?

Michigan has the most expensive auto insurance in the U.S., despite reforms passed in 2019 that significantly lowered premiums. What contributes to the high rates? Why do Black drivers end up paying more? How does the cost of auto insurance impact economic mobility? Watch now.

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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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research projects supported
since 2016