Brief Making Work Pay Enough
A Decent Standard of Living for Working Families
Gregory Acs, Margery Austin Turner
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One-third of America's families with children are low income, meaning their incomes fall below twice the federal poverty level. Although four in five of these families work, many don't bring home enough to cover the everyday costs of living. In this essay, Acs and Turner outline their proposals to enhance low-income families' purchasing power and reduce unusually high housing costs through a package of reforms and policy initiatives that tackle both the income side and expenditure side of family budgets.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Families with low incomes