Brief Improving Access of Low-Income Immigrant Families to Health and Human Services
The Role of Community-Based Organizations
Ajay Chaudry, Karina Fortuny, Juan Pedroza
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The Immigrant Access to Health and Human Services project describes the policy contexts that affect immigrant access to health and human services. The study describes the federal, state, and local program eligibility provisions related to immigrants, barriers to immigrants’ access to health and human services for which they are eligible, and innovative practices that can help states manage their programs. This brief presents data on poverty rates and receipt of two public benefits -- SNAP and TANF – for immigrant and US-born families. We find that children with foreign-born parents are overrepresented among poor families, but underrepresented in public benefits enrollment.
Research Areas Social safety net Immigration
Tags Families with low incomes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Hunger and food assistance Immigrant access to the safety net
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population