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ERIC Number: ED502214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
A New Safety Net for Low-Income Families
Zedlewski, Sheila; Chaudry, Ajay; Simms, Margaret
Urban Institute (NJ1)
During the 1990s, the federal government promised low-income families that work would pay. Parents moved into jobs in response to new welfare rules requiring work, tax credits and other work supports that boosted take-home pay. Unfortunately, the record shows that low-income families have not progressed much. Many do not bring home enough to cover the everyday costs of living. This paper describes the work and wages of low-income families, summarizes gaps in current employment and government supports, and synthesizes the policy ideas developed by the researchers who address these national challenges in more depth. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A