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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

Mortgages for Freelancers

A California start-up wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

Baby Steps Toward Home Ownership

First comes better credit. Then, a mortgage?

What If There Was a Middle Option Between Renting and Owning?

An innovative program in Vermont helps low- and middle-income people ease into homeownership.

The Two-Generation Approach to Fighting Child Poverty

These programs know that giving parents educational and economic assistance helps children as well.

Building a Better, Smarter Daycare

The key to boosting the fortunes of low-income kids may lie in better training for child-care workers.

Goldman Sachs Invests in Government and Expects to Be Paid Back

Is Wall Street the key to funding perennially cash-strapped social programs in the U.S.?

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The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.