Later today, it will be my honor to moderate a webinar to discuss an important book, $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. The authors, Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, will talk about their powerful book, which portrays the lives of a number of families who have struggled with almost no cash. They will be joined with three other experts: Tamara and Sharon, who have been that deeply poor, and Kate Scully, who works for the Center for Hunger Free Communities.

Everyone should read this book, and listen to the webinar! (Click here to watch/listen.) Anticipating the conversation, I’ve been thinking about community. How can we do better in making sure that everyone is part of a community, contributing to it and drawing from it throughout life? There are people across the political spectrum who care about poverty. They have different views about what strengthens a community, but they all seem to believe it is an essential component in providing the opportunities and security people need to lead a comfortable life.