Guided by award-winning journalists Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project is changing the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. Our stories – from narrative features to photo essays and video – put a human face on financial instability.
Launched in 2012, EHRP arose in a bleak climate. Over the past decade, poverty in the U.S. has soared. Despite economic growth, inequality continues to rise. It’s the biggest domestic economic story of our lifetimes: intractable, long-term unemployment, a yawning income gap between the wealthy and the lower middle class, and record numbers of people in poverty.
We at EHRP believe in telling the stories of American inequality though a range of genres. We develop, fund and promote traditional reported features and photography. We also support personal essays, opinion pieces and multimedia. Our aim is to humanize the experience of the poor and struggling lower-middle class in every way we can. Part of our mission is to support the work of writers, including the youngest journalists, who are themselves financially on the edge.