Government Work Supports and Low-Income Families: Facts and Figures

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Government Work Supports and Low-Income Families: Facts and Figures

July 26, 2006

Abstract

The welfare overhaul of 1996 was accompanied by an increased focus on policies that help low-income parents find and sustain employment and support their families as they moved into low-wage jobs with few benefits. Despite the substantial expansion of work support programs, they fall far short of fulfilling the needs of low-income working families. This fact sheet reviews how work supports have changed and where they fall short.

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