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Resources by Topic: Income support and assistance

Examination of the Effect of SNAP Benefit and Eligibility Parameters on Low-Income Households
Examines whether or not policies determining benefit levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reflect current spending patterns of low-income households in the United States. Includes statistics, such as a rural versus urban comparison of low-income household spending and average spending by low-income household characteristic and expenditure type, among others.
Author(s): Decision Demographics and Mathematica
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Employment, Poverty, and Public Assistance in the Rural United States
Compares economic and demographic characteristics of rural counties by county income level. Includes data on employment, race/ethnicity, and English-language proficiency. Also examines reliance on public sector supports: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and children's health insurance.
Author(s): Rebecca Glauber, Andrew Schaefer
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2013-2014: A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers
Reports on demographic and employment characteristics of hired agricultural workers in the United States. Includes data on health insurance and healthcare access, as well as information on social determinants of health such as income, education level, language skills, and housing. Based on data collected from face-to-face interviews with 4,235 crop farmworkers conducted between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014.
Author(s): Trish Hernandez, Susan Gabbard, Daniel Carroll
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Analyzes the health and well-being of low-income black women in nine rural counties across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, and identifies barriers to success and economic security, including poverty, low educational attainment, and inadequate access to public infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Includes statistics and demographics for each of the states and counties included in the study.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative
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Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009-2012: Who Gets Assistance?
Provides information on the characteristics of people who receive benefits from Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and general assistance. Tables in the appendices include metropolitan and non-metropolitan participation rates by program.
Author(s): Shelley K. Irving, Tracy A. Loveless
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty
Examines trends in poverty in rural areas, including comparison with urban areas. Provides a discussion of the impact of safety net programs that address poverty, and support healthy children and their families in rural areas.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: White House (Obama Administration)
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Colorado: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 2014
County-level map of Colorado showing the percentage of households that received SNAP benefits in the past 12 months.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Child Protective Services May Link Families to Needed Income Supports
Examines families' receipt of income support immediately following and 18 months after a child maltreatment report. Provides information on receipt of income supports for rural compared to urban areas. Also provides information on families' self-assessment of how they were doing financially, by urban and rural location. Discusses the impact of poverty on parent-child interactions.
Author(s): Wendy A. Walsh, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2013
Presents an overview of the SNAP Program eligibility requirements and benefit levels. Provides detailed tables showing comparisons in rural-urban areas. Reports that nearly 19% of SNAP participants live in rural and micropolitan areas. Coverage includes October 2012 through September 2013.
Author(s): Kelsey Farson Gray
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households
Examines the Earned Income Tax Credit by place of residence and discusses how this tax credit can be a safety-net effort and financial support to help rural families out of poverty.
Author(s): Jon M. Bailey
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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