True Poverty: What it Takes to Avoid Poverty and Deprivation in the Garden State


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The Human Services Academy is back! Our upcoming workshop is next Tuesday, October 26th from 10 AM- 11:30 AM. Maura Sanders and Shivi Prasad will be presenting and leading a discussing on True Poverty in New Jersey. The presentation will provide insight into the official poverty measure and how it is woefully outdated and inadequate for survival. This workshop will be held via Zoom and preregistration is required. As always, 1.5 General NJ Social Work Practice CEUs will be provided to qualified attendees

Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) will present findings from its latest study “True Poverty: What it Takes to Avoid Poverty and Deprivation in the Garden State.” The Study is based on the nationally established Self-Sufficiency Standard methodology. It received wide coverage in the press when it was released. It reveals minimum-income families need to afford basic necessities, without public or private support, and without making any trade-offs. The presentation will provide insight into the official poverty measure and how it is woefully outdated and inadequate for survival. Through this presentation, we hope to draw attention to the actual point at which people cannot get by without experiencing deprivation in at least one critical life area. The presentation will also touch upon some of the remedies to alleviate the situation. A realistic appraisal of what constitutes adequate existence is necessary before policies and programs can be developed to assist people living in poverty.

Presenters 

Maura Sanders

Maura Sanders is the Practice Area Leader and Chief Counsel for Housing and Public Entitlements at Legal Services of New Jersey, overseeing and coordinating the program’s policy and legal work in these areas.  She also supervises the General Representation Unit at LSNJ – providing legal representation for low income New Jerseyans in the areas of Landlord Tenant and Public Benefits.  She also convenes the Housing and Public Entitlements statewide Legal Services task forces. 

As Chief Counsel for Public Entitlements, she coordinates the benefits advocacy for New Jersey’s six Legal Services programs and is the lead legislative and administrative advocate for SNAP, TANF and NJ’s other public benefits programs.

Prior to joining LSNJ, Maura worked as a housing and public benefits attorney in legal services programs in Monmouth and Essex Counties.

Shivi Prasad

Shivi Prasad is the Director of the Poverty Research Institute (PRI) of Legal Services of New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with specialization in Public Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She has been with the LSNJ since 2006. As part of PRI, she has worked on many qualitative and quantitative studies affecting the lives of New Jerseyans living in poverty. She has about 20 years’ experience in the field of public policy and has worked previously for organizations advocating for the underserved.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom and pre-registration is required.

1.5 General NJ Social Work Practice CEUs will be provided for this event.

Age Groups
  • Adults
Community Services
Community
Education
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 10/18/21