By | April 9, 2015

Practical tips on how to collect wage judgments won for low-wage clients.

The guilty pleasure of a young leader in the antipoverty movement.

A model of using the Violence Against Women Act Amendments to protect tenants in developments financed by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

A live conversation about the 2014 Poverty Scorecard.

An examination of racial justice and the antipoverty movement.

What do all these things have in common? They are all examples of what is available on the Shriver Center’s new Clearinghouse Community site.

Launched at the end of March, the Clearinghouse Community gives antipoverty and equal justice advocates a steady stream of useful and interesting content about poverty law topics and the people who work on them. For decades advocates have relied on the Clearinghouse Review journal for high-quality articles about poverty law. The Clearinghouse Community has evolved from that history; it will host the same high-quality content, only now that content will be delivered faster and more frequently.

And best of all, readers no longer need a subscription to access this content—including the archive of Clearinghouse Review articles dating back to 1967. Readers simply need to register on the site at the link found in the top right corner of the screen.

The Clearinghouse Community will link readers to articlesadvocacy storiesfeatured collections of articles with editorial podcasts, and interviews. And it will offer opportunities to interact with and learn from your fellow community members through Google+ Hangouts on Airwebinars, and training programs. We plan to incorporate more interactivity into the site as we continue to develop it. For a fuller description of how the Clearinghouse Community came to be, take a look at the welcome message from Shriver Center President John Bouman.

Much of the initial content on the site has ties to another community—the venerable Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia. The first-ever Clearinghouse Article, Finishing What You Started: Collecting on Judgments for Low-Wage Workers, was written by Michael Hollander, a staff attorney at CLS. He also joined us for a live Google+ Hangout on Air to talk about his article and work. The first person profiled in 2015 in a short written interview was Rebecca Vallas, who began her legal career at CLS. And one of the authors of the site’s newest advocacy story, Domestic Violence and Good-Cause Evictions in Pennsylvania After the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Amendments, is Rachel Garland, a staff attorney in CLS’s housing unit.

We appreciate CLS’s strong work and its willingness to share that work with the national community of antipoverty and equal justice advocates. We look forward to highlighting more good work on the Clearinghouse Community site, beginning with April’s focus on criminal records and reentry.

We encourage you to join the Clearinghouse Community now. And be sure to sign up for our monthly email that will link you to all of that month’s new content. Welcome to the community!

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