All Featured Highlights: Work Supports
- Aug 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch How Today’s Safety Net Promotes Work – And How To Do More A brief summarizing recent facts and trends and highlights the need to preserve and build on the last two decades of improvements in the core safety net programs that enable them to support work.
- Aug 08, 2014 | Olivia Golden Untangling the Safety Net without Block Grants or Waivers: How States Integrate Programs to Benefit Families The Work Supports Strategies debunks many myths about how to deliver the safety net programs and provides lessons about what kind of change is needed.
- Jun 30, 2014 | Olivia Golden A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid Testimony of Olivia Golden before the House Committee on the Budget for "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid" hearing.
- May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Helly Lee SNAP E&T Pilots Congress reauthorized SNAP as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 which included $200 million for the creation and evaluation of pilot projects in up to 10 states for 3 years to test innovative SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) strategies.
- May 30, 2014 | Lavanya Mohan Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET) Washington State’s Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) is one of the most robust SNAP Education & Training programs in the country and is an important part of the state’s comprehensive workforce development system.
Apr 18, 2014
| Zane Jennings
ACA Provision Could Help Thousands of Foster Care Youth If Implemented Effectively
A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could help thousands of former foster care youth who face distinct health care challenges. However, its success will depend on state implementation. A new report co-authored by CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden and Urban Institute Research Associate Dina Emam offers specific recommendations to states to ensure these young people benefit from the provision.
Mar 20, 2014
| CLASP, Center for American Progress, CSSP
Universal Credit: A Primer
The Universal Credit is a major safety net overhaul implemented in the United Kingdom that merges a half dozen income assistance programs -- including cash benefits, tax credits, and housing subsidies -- into a single credit for low-income individuals and families. While the concept of simplifying multiple programs may seem appealing in theory, policymakers should take note of cautionary lessons from the United Kingdom’s experience. - See more at: http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-supports/in-focus/the-universal-credit-not-a-universal-solution#sthash.pPQFuDqT.dpuf
- Jun 25, 2013 | Helly Lee SNAP Works: SNAP Work Requirements and Time Limits Most SNAP recipients are either already working (13 percent of all SNAP recipients) or are not expected to work (68 percent) because they: are children or senior citizens; have a disability; care for a family member who is disabled; or care for a child under six years old while another household member is working. However, SNAP does have several provisions designed to encourage individuals who are not working to enter the workforce.
- Jun 24, 2013 | Lavanya Mohan and Elizabeth Lower-Basch The Unfinished Work of "Making Work Pay": Expanding the EITC for Childless Workers
Apr 25, 2014
| Zane Jennings and Helly Lee
Food Insecurity a Major Problem for U.S. Families
A new report from Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks across the country, highlights troubling data and national trends on food insecurity (not knowing when or where your next meal will come from). “Map the Meal Gap” illustrates the critical need to continue federal investment in nutrition programs as families struggle to make ends meet in a slowly recovering economy.
Feb 07, 2014
| Helly Lee
Congress Enacts Farm Bill After Years of Debate and Negotiations
On January 29th the House passed H.R. 2642, a negotiated agreement between House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders on the 5-year Farm Bill. On February 4th, the Senate followed suit and also passed the conference report, which the President will soon sign into law. While disagreements over agricultural policy held up the final bill in the last weeks, the nutrition title of the bill, which includes authorization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) was among the most contentious.
- Jun 18, 2013 | CLASP and YOUNG INVINCIBLES ACA Toolkit: Helping Students Understand Health Care Reform and Enroll in Health Insurance ACA Toolkit, InFocus and Recorded Webinar - Helping Students Understand Health Care Reform and Enroll in Health Insurance
- Apr 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Julie Strawn and Patrick Reimherr Comments on Education and Family Tax Benefits CLASP submits comments on family and education tax credits to the Education and Family Benefits Working Group, House Committee on Ways and Means as part of the committee's work to review possible changes to the federal income tax system.
- Jun 21, 2013 | Helly Lee Farm Bill Fails in the House: Would Have Wreaked Havoc on SNAP
- Jun 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families (Huffington Post Feature) Last week, the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill by a 195-234 vote. The bill, which usually enjoys support from both sides of the aisle, was defeated by an unlikely -- and bi-partisan -- coalition of those who opposed the deep cuts of more than $20 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and those who thought that the bill did not go far enough in cutting nutrition programs and agricultural subsidies.
- Feb 01, 2013 | Helly Lee Research Shows Long-Lasting Benefits of EITC The EITC is a widely successful program that has been shown to help lift families above poverty and contribute to the short-, intermediate- and long-term support of low-income families.
- Nov 06, 2012 | Helly Lee Removing Red Tape: New Strategies for Strengthening the Safety Net The Coalition for Access and Opportunity, of which CLASP is a co-convener, and the New America Foundation hosted an event on Removing Red Tape: New Strategies for Strengthening the Safety Net. This event focused on the critical role safety net programs play in supporting families and individuals facing difficult financial situations a and ways that these programs could be improved.
- Nov 06, 2012 | Coalition for Access and Opportunity Data Sharing in Public Benefit Programs: An Action Agenda for Removing Barriers This paper from the Coalition for Access and Opportunities highlights opportunities for the federal government to eliminate or minimize administrative obstacles to data sharing that will improve access to government benefits and services for the people who need them. It offers suggestions to reduce the duplicative work that overwhelms state and local agency staff who help consumers apply for public benefits. It also presents important avenues to maximize federal investments in human services when budgets are tight.
- Sep 24, 2012 | Abigail Newcomer and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield Benefits Access for College Completion CLASP and AACC Partner with Seven Community Colleges to Expand Student Access to Financial Resources This week, seven community colleges, CLASP and the American Association of Community Colleges announced the beginning of the implementation phase of Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC), a three-year initiative that will test innovative approaches to reducing the gap between financial aid and the cost of attending college in order to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.
- May 17, 2012 | Stan Dorn and Elizabeth Lower-Basch Moving to 21st-Century Public Benefits: Emerging Options, Great Promise, and Key Challenges Currently, millions of needy individuals and families do not receive some or all of the benefits for which they are eligible. In many cases, this is due to the complicated and burdensome processes involved in demonstrating that an applicant has met all eligibility requirements and in recertifying this information on a regular basis. Written for the Coalition for Access and Opportunity, this paper illustrates how sharing data and basing eligibility decisions on existing information can cut administrative costs, help more families in need of assistance access benefits and strengthen programs.