Fact Sheet The Effects of the Safety Net on Child Poverty in Three States
Laura Wheaton, Linda Giannarelli, Michael Martinez-Schiferl, Sheila R. Zedlewski
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In 2008, safety net programs cut child poverty in half in Georgia, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Federal programs that provide the same benefit across the country reduce poverty more in lower housing cost states such as Georgia than in higher cost states such as Massachusetts. Massachusetts's generous TANF policy has a greater impact on child poverty than the TANF policies in the other two states. Estimates are produced using the Supplemental Poverty Measure.
Research Areas Social safety net Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Welfare and safety net programs State programs, budgets Economic well-being Individual taxes Families with low incomes
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center