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More than 20 million people age 50 and over do not have adequate income to meet their basic needs for food and housing. Many are looking for full-time work or part-time jobs, and have become part of the largest increase in long-term unemployment in history. These workers are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons; some care for elderly parents, some support children and grandchildren who have been cut adrift by unemployment themselves.
These struggling Americans have lost their foothold in the economy, and they want to get it back —they know it might not be easy, but with the right tools and resources they can regain control.
Our income work improves opportunities for these 50+ workers to earn, manage and protect their income as they age. By building awareness, supporting effective services, delivering new products and programs, and investing in community capacity, we work together with 50+ low-wage workers and their families to win back opportunity and get back on track. Read
Find tools and articles that will help guide you on the path to financial wellness. Do
12 community colleges nationwide were selected for the BACK TO WORK 50+ initiative. Read
The documentary, “Set for Life,” tracks several primary breadwinners who have lost their jobs and the effect that has on their families. Read
The unique curriculum specifically targets the needs of workers who have been struggling with unemployment for six months or more. Read
Good news for older workers. Over 230 employers vow to consider hiring older applicants. Read
Use the navigational menu to learn more about the tools and resources that will help low-income Americans age 50 and over regain control of their financial stability.
Programs & Services
(Marketwatch, April 2) - A new survey by the Insured Retirement Institute notes a marked drop in the last two years in boomers' confidence that they are saving enough for retirement. Read
(Marketplace, March 27) - Recent studies indicate that 50+ Americans now carry more credit card debt than those under 50, the first time for such a swing. And a good portion of that debt comes from older Americans helping out struggling relatives. Read
(Huffington Post, March 21) - In her most recent blog, Sara Rix, senior strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, notes that although many older Americans want to keep working, challenges such as ill health, job loss and caregiving responsibilities often still stand in the way; however, ongoing improvements in employment options continue to make "working close to forever" highly appealing. Read