Low-income individuals and families struggle to make ends meet, even when employed, because of low wages, lack of benefits, and volatile job schedules. Others face periods of unemployment due to economic conditions, health limitations, or the need to care for others. For these individuals and families, SNAP, Medicaid, and other safety net programs are essential to support employment, meet basic needs, promote children’s healthy development, and climb out of poverty. This includes providing access to education and training programs. That’s why CLASP advocates for federal and state policies that increase investment, prevent harmful cuts, and streamline access across public programs. When we invest in the safety net, we’re supporting work, strengthening families, and promoting economic mobility.