Work Requirements Don’t Work: What’s At Stake & What Can We Do?

Work Requirements Don’t Work: What’s At Stake & What Can We Do?
Congress and the Administration have taken steps to attach work requirements to basic assistance programs such as healthcare, nutrition, and housing supports. The research shows that work requirements aren’t necessary and don’t help low-income individuals and families access employment and economic opportunity—so why does this strategy keep rearing its head? Who benefits, and who loses out, when work requirements are attached to basic supports? This webinar will outline the current and potential threats to basic assistance programs with a specific focus on work requirements; provide an on-the-ground perspective about how imposing work requirements in exchange for basic supports will hurt low-income individuals and especially people of color; and share communications tools and tactics for how to reframe the work requirements narrative and advocate for positive strategies to end chronic unemployment and poverty.


  • Melissa Young, Director, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity | Heartland Alliance


  • Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Director, Income and Work Supports | Center on Law and Social Policy
  • Ronald Johnson, Senior Mental Health Worker, Heartland Alliance Health| A Partner of Heartland Alliance
  • Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program | Center for American Progress

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM CDT (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT)
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