Tipping Point conducts research, experiments with innovative solutions, and supports policies that reduce the number of people living in poverty in the Bay Area.
FEATURED PROJECT: TAKING COUNT
In partnership with the University of California, Berkeley and the Othering & Belonging Institute, Tipping Point conducted a year-long study to get a holistic and nuanced picture of poverty in the Bay Area. Its findings present a timely snapshot of poverty in the region and illustrate that even when the economy is strong, millions in our community – even those who aren’t considered to be living in poverty – are struggling to make ends meet.
Increasing Take-Up of the Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the best ways to fight poverty, yet many of those who are eligible don’t receive it. Tipping Point supported the California Policy Lab‘s effort to evaluate a series of experiments with the goal of increasing the number of eligible Californians claiming the federal and state EITCs.
Relief from Government-Owed Child Support Debt and Its Effects on Parents and Children
In California, most of the money low-income parents pay for child support does not reach their children. Instead, those funds reimburse the government for public assistance their children received. Tipping Point asked what would happen if 100% of child support payments went to their children? The Urban Institute evaluation found that after parent child-support debt was relieved, not only did parent-child relationships, parent credit scores and housing status improve, payments were paid more consistently and timely.