The course will explore approaches by federal, state and local government agencies to help poor people. We will examine policies and programs, the impact of these programs, and what we have learned. There will be readings supplemented by class discussion and presentations. It is expected that some participants will have experience in the field and will bring that experience to the class. It will be coordinated by Alan Zuckerman, who enlisted in the “War on Poverty” in 1964 and worked for two governors, 2 universities and 4 non-profit agencies that focused on services to poor people.