All Featured Highlights: Work Supports
- Apr 09, 2015 | AARP Public Policy Institute, CLASP, and NELP Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. This is the case despite provisions in some states’ UI rules that are intended to address such situations.
- Mar 20, 2015 | Randi Hall and Helly Lee FNS Announces SNAP E&T Pilots in Ten States Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS) announced the ten states selected for funding. The selected pilots include a mix of mandatory and voluntary E&T programs, many of which also include career pathway models.
Mar 06, 2015
Proposed Arizona Budget Widens Gap to Economic Security for Low-Income Families
State lawmakers in Arizona are working furiously on a FY16 budget deal designed to reduce the state’s deficit. Unfortunately, Governor Doug Ducey and Republican leadership in Arizona’s House and Senate plan to achieve these cuts by slashing funds for programs that support low-income children, families, and individuals in seeking economic security.
- Feb 09, 2015 | Helly Lee WIOA: What Human Service Agencies and Advocates Need to Know
- Sep 16, 2014 | CLASP Poverty Fell in 2013; Children and Young Adults Still Face the Greatest Risks CLASP examines the trends revealed in the Census Bureau's 2013 poverty data, including a decline in poverty among young children.
- Sep 16, 2014 | Helly Lee and Andrea Barnes EITC Expansion Proposals: What’s at Stake for Young Workers
- 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.
- Sep 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Helly Lee SNAP E&T Pilots - September 2014 Update An update of innovative SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) strategies in up to 10 states designed to help SNAP recipients get into the workforce, increase their earnings, and ultimately reduce their SNAP participation.
- 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.