Working poor families face many barriers to financial self-sufficiency. In addition to information and skills leading to a better job, the working poor need information about federal, state, and community-level support available to them. This article provides an overview of the information needs of the working poor and offers five strategies Extension staff and others can use to facilitate the upward mobility of the working poor. The strategies include: 1) information outreach for the working poor, 2) information outreach for employers, 3) education and training for workers, 4) public awareness campaigns, and 5) collaborations for building community capacity.
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Rupured, M., Koonce, J., & Bales, D. (2002). Moving the Working Poor to Financial Self-Sufficiency. The Journal of Extension, 40(2), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss2/8