Research Report Characteristics of Families Receiving Multiple Public Benefits
Sara Edelstein, Michael Pergamit, Caroline Ratcliffe
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Little is known about the extent to which low-income households receive multiple public benefits and in what combinations; studies to date estimate low levels of multiple benefit receipt. This brief builds on what is known by investigating the number and types of benefits low-income families with children receive, and the characteristics of families receiving different benefit packages. We find that multiple benefit receipt is common among low-income families, but a minority of families receives benefits beyond food assistance and public health insurance, such as shelter assistance, cash assistance, or work supports.
Tags Financial stability
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population