The Impact of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations on the Lives of Low Income Families

June 7, 2007
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington Marriott
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, D.C.

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On June 7, 2007 the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan will host a conference entitled The Impact of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations on the Lives of Low Income Families


The project features nine papers by leading researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners who are interested in better understanding the role that religion and religious organizations play in assisting low-income families and affecting their behavior.  Such impacts can occur through a wide variety of mechanisms, including individual religious belief, outreach programs of religious congregations to assist poor individuals, youth programs organized by religious organizations, or the role of religious organizations in community development and neighborhood activism.


These topics are of increasing interest in the policy world, both because of increased funding for faith-based organizations that provide services to low-income families and because of the interest in religious belief as an important source of support in helping individuals deal effectively with aspects of their personal lives, such as the promotion of healthy marriage and parenting behaviors as well as in overcoming problems, such as substance abuse and reintegration into society after incarceration.

Current areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Funds for this conference are provided to the National Poverty Center by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Service.


This event is by invitation only.

Accommodations and travel

Hotel accomodations are with the Washington Marriott Hotel at 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

The NPC’s room block at the conference hotel is limited to speakers only. We cannot reserve rooms for general conference participants, so we encourage you to secure your own accommodations as necessary.

For more information

Please contact the National Poverty Center at