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    Heather Hahn, associate vice president of Urban’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, joins cohost Sarah Rosen Wartell for a conversation about the complexities of safety net programs and what the evidence shows about access, eligibility, and people’s experiences with these supports.

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    Research Areas Child welfare
    Tags Disability Insurance Refundable tax credits Hunger and food assistance Families with low incomes Poverty Welfare and safety net programs From Safety Net to Solid Ground
    Research Methods ATTIS Microsimulation Model

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