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STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES COVID-19 and Poverty in the U.S.

  • March 25, 2021

It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S., and we are just beginning to understand the profound impact it will have on the economy. Health and human service organizations across the country are seeing increased demand for services as they care for vulnerable populations reeling from mass unemployment and the spread of the virus. What impact has COVID-19 had on national poverty in the last year? How effective have federal relief packages really been in keeping people out of poverty? What can we expect moving forward? The University of Notre Dame Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) will share results from their groundbreaking study to assess the impact of COVID-19 on poverty in the U.S. LEO matches top researchers with passionate leaders in the social service sector to conduct impact evaluations that identify the innovative, effective, and scalable programs and policies that help people move permanently out of poverty. Their research using real-time poverty estimates has garnered national attention and will be published by the Brookings Institution later this year. Please join us as we learn more about their findings and how it applies to our own work as we help communities prosper. LEO will also spend time sharing how they can support your programs to address poverty at the local level.


  • Jim Sullivan Co-founder and Gilbert F. Schaefer College Professor of Economics Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
  • Heather Reynolds Managing Director Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities