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Streamlining and Modernizing WIC Enrollment

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 5:07pm

With current rules and funding, WIC agencies can simplify certification practices to reach more eligible families.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Quality Work and Direct Financial Assistance, Not Work Requirements, Stabilize Families

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 4:07pm

As Labor Day approaches, now’s a good time to remember that most recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are workers who turn to TANF when the low-wage labor market fails them: they don’t get enough hours, they face harassment or discrimination, they don’t get time off to care for family health needs, or their child care or transportation arrangements fall apart.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Arizona Latest State to Choose Inclusive Approach to Immigrants Who Are Undocumented

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 1:36pm

The Arizona Board of Regents voted to lower tuition for students who are undocumented, bringing the state one step closer to full tuition equity.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Working Families Tax Relief Act Would Boost Incomes Across America

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 9:17am

As we honor workers by celebrating Labor Day, we should remember that millions who do important jobs — such as serving store customers, making restaurant meals, delivering packages, and caring for the elderly in nursing homes — work for low pay, have little control over their work schedules, and lack paid vacations or even paid sick days. They deserve better.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Strengthening Housing Vouchers Should Be Priority in 2020 Funding Bills

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 2:02pm

The number of households using housing vouchers has declined over the past two years due to funding delays and shortfalls caused by policymakers’ battles over federal spending.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 1:52pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on family income support, state budgets and taxes, health, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

As School Year Begins, Time for States to Invest in Schools

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:25am

As children across the country begin a new school year, their schools’ facilities and equipment aren’t as modern as they should be, due to sharp cuts in state funding for school capital projects over the past decade. As a share of the economy, state capital funding for schools — for example, to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and install more modern technologies — was still down 31 percent in fiscal year 2017 (the latest year for which we have data) compared to 2008, when the Great Recession took hold. That’s the equivalent of a $20 billion cut. (See graph.)

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF at 23: Black Children Have a Better Chance to Thrive When States Act to Improve TANF

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:24am

In replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant 23 years ago, policymakers promised all families living in poverty a better economic future by providing temporary financial support, along with job preparation and work support. TANF has fallen far short in fulfilling this promise, particularly in states where Black families are likelier to live. It can, and must, do better.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Inclusive State Policies Toward Immigrants Can Help Counter Nativist Federal Actions

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 2:04pm

The Trump Administration has launched numerous efforts – often wrapped in inflammatory, racist rhetoric — to marginalize immigrants, including community raids and deportations, the separation of children from families at the border, and rules around who may come to and stay in this country that hearken back to white supremacist ideas of who belongs here.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 3:13pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on immigration, family income support, food assistance, Social Security, the federal budget, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF at 23: States Spend Only a Quarter of TANF Funds to Help Families Meet Basic Needs

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:28pm

State and federal policymakers should act to ensure that TANF funds better target assistance to needy families.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF at 23: Over 2.5 Million More Families Could Be Getting Cash Assistance, Work Supports

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:25pm

In replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant 23 years ago, policymakers promised all families living in poverty a better economic future by providing temporary financial support, along with job preparation and work support. TANF has fallen far short in fulfilling this promise, particularly in states where Black families are likelier to live. It can, and must, do better.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF at 23: States Have Boosted TANF Benefits, But There’s Room to Do More

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:24pm

In replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant 23 years ago, policymakers promised all families living in poverty a better economic future by providing temporary financial support, along with job preparation and work support. TANF has fallen far short in fulfilling this promise, particularly in states where Black families are likelier to live. It can, and must, do better.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Immigrants Contribute Greatly to U.S. Economy, Despite Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule Rationale

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:51am

The Department of Homeland Security’s recently finalized “public charge” rule directs immigration officials to reject applications from individuals who seek to remain in or enter the U.S. lawfully if they have received — or are judged more likely than not to receive in the future — any of an array of public benefits that are tied to need. The rule will have two main impacts. It will make it harder for those currently of modest means to gain lawful entry or permission to remain in the country as a permanent resident.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Making America Stronger: The U.S. Food Stamp Program

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:49am
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Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF at 23: Cash Income Matters to Children’s Lives

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:40am

TANF cash assistance can help to both meet short-term needs and provide children with lasting positive impacts, but it reaches very few families in poverty.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Administration Rule Will Harm Immigrant Families and Ill-Serve America

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:44am

President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security today released a rule that makes extensive and deeply troubling changes in our nation’s immigration policies. The rule will deny a broad set of individuals who are lawfully present in the United States and trying to build a life for themselves and their families the ability to become permanent residents. It will deny many others the ability to enter our country legally if they’re not wealthy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Raising SNAP Benefits Would Have Powerful Effects on Food Security, Poverty, Health

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:53am

We recently explained why SNAP benefits don’t adequately help families afford a healthy diet. Our new paper and brief summarize extensive research showing that raising benefits could have powerful effects for SNAP participants and their families, including:

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 4:03pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, housing, food assistance, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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