Safety Net for Low-Income Working Families: Work Supports

America's low-income working families are struggling to get by, too often forced to make impossible choices among food, housing, health care, and child care. Government safety nets were reformed in the mid-1990s with the promise that work would pay. But that promise remains unfulfilled for many families. Our goal is to investigate the challenges that vulnerable households face—whether working or not—and explore the policies, work supports, and family supports that can help families prosper.

Current Areas of Focus

  • Welfare and safety net programs
  • Effect of safety net policies on poverty
  • Poverty demographics
  • Hunger and food assistance
  • Employment and training