October 1, 2013  |  In the News

Reinventing society’s approach to the working poor

Published in AlJazeera America, by Naureen Khan

Mauricio Lim Miller is certain that for the last 50 years, the United States has been tackling entrenched poverty — the kind that can trap families for generations — the wrong way.

Miller, who last year won a MacArthur “genius” grant for his work, is the founder of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), a group that’s shown results for its unusual approach. Instead of relying on professional caseworkers, the nonprofit encourages families to set their own goals, provides cash incentives if they achieve them and fosters relationships among families so they can turn to one another for support.

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