Research Report Framework for a New Safety Net for Low-Income Working Families
Olivia Golden, Pamela Winston, Gregory Acs, Ajay Chaudry
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This paper for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation conceptualizes a framework for a new safety net for low-income working families that is rooted in their most essential needs. It is organized around five key goals:(1) enabling parents to meet their familys needs while working in lower-wage jobs, (2) helping families weather gaps in parental employment, (3) supporting parents job advancement, (4) helping parents combine work and child-rearing, and (5) improving childrens well-being and development. The paper describes these families circumstances, discusses gaps in current safety-net programs, and explores possible alternative approaches to meeting families most pressing needs.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Child care Individual taxes Unemployment and unemployment insurance