Research Report Public Assistance Records
A Source for Neighborhood Indicators
Claudia J. Coulton, Lillian F. Harris
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This National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) guide describes how public assistance records can be used as a source of data for neighborhood indicators. The data are maintained by government agencies that administer cash assistance (i.e., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps, and medical assistance. Indicators of public assistance participation rates, case demographics, persistence of poverty, welfare to work and residential churning are described in detail, including a discussion of methodological issues and problems in interpretation.
Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Poverty Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Hunger and food assistance