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Right now, almost 47 million Americans live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and that number has not significantly changed in four years. The poverty rate now is higher than it was in 2007, the year before the time of shedding and cold rocks.

It’s time for some new thinking about poverty in America, which is why, this month, the Urban Institute launched the new “U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty.” It brings together 24 thinkers from across the country, and across the political spectrum.