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Need to Know, June 29, 2012: Solving poverty in America

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

Need to Know examines a successful experimental program in Oakland, Calif., designed to help the working poor emerge from poverty. The Family Independence Initiative pays people in low income communities to meet regularly and help each other devise solutions to family and financial problems rather than rely on government assistance.

Anchor Maria Hinojosa interviews Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former advisor to President George W. Bush and an expert on welfare issues.

The “American Voices” essay is by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of New York. He says charity is central to Christianity.

What’s on this week:

Taking the initiative

Need to Know examines this experimental program in Oakland, CA that pays people in low income communities to come up with solutions to government assistance.

Ron Haskins on entitlement cuts

Ron Haskins, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former advisor to President George W. Bush and an expert on welfare issues.

American Voices

This week’s essay is by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of New York.

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