Brief Helping Poor Working Parents Get Ahead
Federal Funds for New State Strategies and Systems
Harry Holzer, Karin Martinson
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Low-wage adult workers have trouble getting and keeping higher-paying jobs. Most lack the basic skills and education needed to move up, but certain kinds of assistance might give some the edge they need to break the pattern. In this essay, Holzer and Martinson recommend competitive federal matching block grants that reward states for developing new advancement systems which are linked to state workforce development structures. They would also require partnerships with employers and training providers, including community colleges.
Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Workforce
Tags Workforce development Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Families with low incomes