Ladders of Opportunity

“We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”

– President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address,
   January 21, 2013

Economic Mobility

Ladders of Opportunity

There’s a basic bargain in America. It says that no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you’re willing to work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to find a good job, feel secure in your community, and support a family. President Obama has fought for the middle class, and has made historic investments in making sure that there are ladders of opportunity for those working hard to make it to the middle class.

Community Revitalization

Community Revitalization

President Obama recognizes that interconnected challenges in distressed communities require interconnected solutions.

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Building Promise Zones

Ending Homelessness

Bringing Healthy Foods to Communities

Creating Sustainable Communities

The President's 2014 Budget

The President's
2014 Budget

The President’s 2014 Budget demonstrates that we can make critical investments to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow the economy while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way.

Raising the Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage

The President believes that no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty. The President is calling on Congress to raise the Federal minimum wage to $9.00 and index it to inflation thereafter.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The President is proposing to make a significant investment in early learning opportunities, because those years of a child’s life are critical for building the early foundation needed for success.


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Read more about the policies and initiatives that the Obama Administration has taken to help strengthen our communities.

Featured Videos

President Obama Speaks on Strengthening the Economy for the Middle Class

President Obama discusses the plan he laid out in the State of the Union to strengthen communities and families.

President Obama on Early Childhood Education

President Obama explains how high-quality preschool prepares kids for success throughout their lives.

President Obama Speaks at the National Urban League Convention

President Obama discusses his Administration’s work to holistically strengthen communities at the National Urban League Convention on July 25, 2012.