To mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty, the Family Independence Initiative released a report offering an unconventional, evidence based-approach to re-starting economic and social mobility in America: See low-income families through the lens of their resourcefulness, rather than their need.

The report, Through a Different Lens: The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future, draws from insights FII has gleaned from its engagements with more than 1,000 low-income families across the country since 2001. It suggests that while the war on poverty has not yielded a clear solution to curb poverty and rebuild the middle class, low-income families will come up with solutions that work for them – given an environment of trust, the support of peers, and access to resources.