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Improving Access to Work Supports: Strengthening State Policies ...

Improving Access to Work Supports: Strengthening State Policies ...

Improving Access to Work Supports: Strengthening State Policies

The Working Poor Families ProjecT Policy BrieF sPring 2011 imProving access To Work suPPorTs: sTrengThening sTaTe Policies and PracTices john Quinterno 1 The Working Poor Families ProjecT strengthening state Policies for america’s Working Poor millions of american breadwinners work hard to support their families. But, despite their determination and effort, many are mired in lowwage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer few opportunities for advancement. in fact, nearly one in three american working families now earn wages so low that they have difficulty surviving financially. 2 launched in 2002 and currently supported by the annie e. casey, Ford, joyce, and mott foundations, the Working Poor Families Project is a national initiative that works to improve these economic conditions. The project partners with state nonprofit organizations and supports their policy efforts to better prepare america’s working families for a more secure economic future. For more information: www.workingpoorfamilies.org inTroducTion The “great recession” of 2007‒09 and the subsequent jobless recovery have demonstrated vividly the importance of work supports to low-income working families. as a direct consequence of the massive job losses and scant re-employment opportunities that have defined the last four years, increasing numbers of families have turned to public work supports for assistance in paying for essential expenses like groceries, health insurance, and postsecondary education. consider how the number of americans participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, rose by 59.6 percent between december 2007 and 2010. Put differently, one of every seven americans—16.5 million people in all—received food assistance at the end of 2010. 3 if those individuals gathered in one place, they would form the country’s fifth most-populous state, ahead of illinois. 4 Burgeoning caseloads demonstrate the severity of the downturn and the importance of work support programs. nevertheless, studies have found that sizable numbers of low-income working families either fail to receive one or more supports for which they are eligible or fail to qualify for some work supports. These gaps result from such household characteristics and institutional factors as complex application requirements, limited outreach strategies, and social stigma. The result is that work supports fail to benefit as many families as they could, as efficiently as they could. in response, philanthropic foundations and government agencies have intensified their efforts to improve access to work support programs while streamlining their delivery. Because state and local governments play a central role in the delivery of work supports, many reforms have targeted governmental policies and administrative practices. such efforts have unfolded along a Working Poor Families Project | www.workingpoorfamilies.org | wpfp@starpower.net | (301) 657-1480

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