The Clinton/Gore Record of Strengthening Families and Communities

THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATIONíS RECORD OF STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
November 4, 1999

Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have been committed to empowering and supporting working families and to tapping the potential of Americaís urban and rural communities. They have a demonstrated record of creating new initiatives and expanding existing initiatives to support children and families and to promote community and economic development. The Clinton-Gore Administration has worked with the private sector, states, and localities to help revitalize Americaís communities by bringing capital, jobs, and opportunity to distressed areas and cleaning up the urban environment. At the same time, this Administration has worked with our state and local partners, the business community, and community-based organizations to support working families — moving them toward self-sufficiency and out of poverty. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have created or expanded the following initiatives over the last six years.

SUPPORTING WORKING FAMILIES

Expanded EITC to Put Money Back in Working Familiesí Pockets

Minimum Wage Hike Increased Pay By $1,800 for Full-time Workers

Provided Health Care to Low-Income Working Families

Enacted Single Largest Investment in Health Care for Children since 1965

Improved Access to Affordable and Quality Child Care

Initiated $3 Billion Welfare-to-Work Initiative

Helping People Get to Work

Welfare-to-Work Housing Vouchers

Helping People Who Want to Work but Canít Find a Job

Passage of Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit and Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Introduced $500 Per-Child Tax Credit, Benefiting 13 Million Children from Low-income Families

Increased WIC by $1 Billion

Helping Working Families to Buy Food

Established of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION: FROM HEAD START TO GEAR-UP TO PELL GRANTS

Expanded Head Start By Nearly 70 Percent

Launched the Reading Excellence Program

Helping Students Most in Need

Strong Investments in Educational Technology

Providing Safe After-School Opportunities

Creation of Youth Opportunity Grants

Creation of the GEAR-UP Initiative

Assisting Migrant Children and Families

Expanding Pell Grants

HELPING TO BRING PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND CAPITAL TO DISTRESSED AREAS

Expanding Microenterprise Lending and Technical Assistance

Cleaning Up the Urban Environment through Brownfields Redevelopment

Created the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund

Strengthened and Simplified the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) and Section 108 Loan Guarantee

135 Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities

Providing Community Resources

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