The Working Poor Families Project

About the Working Poor Families Project
The Working Poor Families Project is a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies involving:

education and skills training
economic development
income and work supports

11.5 million

Low-income working families

In United States

More than

29.9 million people

including 14.8 million children

Live in Low-income

Working Families

Strengthening State Policies for Working Families

Millions of American breadwinners work hard to support their families. But, despite their effort, almost one in three working families are mired in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security. Compounding the problem are public policies that do not adequately prepare workers to advance to higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs or promote the creation of quality jobs.

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting these working families. This national initiative is now supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Joyce and W.K. Kellogg foundations. WPFP focuses on the states because their policies and investments critically affect the lives of working families.

The WPFP is active in 22 states and the District of Columbia. In each state the WPFP partners with one or more nonprofit organizations to strengthen state policies to better prepare America’s working families for a more secure economic future.

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