Welfare and safety net programs
Programs that provide assistance to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) often have complex eligibility rules and functions that vary by state. Urban compiles and shares consistent information about these programs, assesses their impact, and analyzes how policy changes could improve the well-being of families with low incomes.

Research Areas Social safety net