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Resources by Topic: Income support and assistance

SNAP Redemptions Contributed to Employment During the Great Recession
Discusses rural and urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefits paid during the Great Recession due to poverty and unemployment, particularly in high-poverty rural regions. Includes a map showing per capita SNAP redemptions by county for 2010. Examines the impact of SNAP redemptions on county employment during the recession for rural and urban counties.
Author(s): John Pender, Young Jo
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The Impacts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Redemptions on County-Level Employment
Examines the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions on employment for nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties for 2001-2014. Discusses differences before, during, and after the Great Recession. Includes a map showing per capita SNAP redemptions by county for 2010.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): John Pender, Young Jo, Jessica E. Todd, Cristina Miller
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Understanding Low-Income and Low-Access Census Tracts Across the Nation: Subnational and Subpopulation Estimates of Access to Healthy Food
Examines access to food stores by state, metropolitan, and micropolitan area as a proxy for healthy food access. Estimates rural areas' distance to the nearest and third-nearest food store with breakdowns by race/ethnicity, income, age, vehicle access, and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Alana Rhone, Michele Ver Ploeg, Ryan Williams, Vince Breneman
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Bastrop County, Texas!
Spotlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, Bastrop County Cares. Highlights their work in building a collaborative of community liaisons to engage members of historically and geographically excluded groups in decision-making processes in order to create inclusive, systems-level change to improve resident well-being across the county.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Five Key Government Programs in Rural and Urban America
Examines rural and urban residents' income from five social programs: Social Security, disability benefits, federal and state cash assistance, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Looks at the role of these programs in reducing poverty and reports how much poverty would increase in rural and urban areas without each program.
Author(s): Jessica Carson Marybeth Mattingly
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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EITC Continues to Reach Families in Poor Places
Briefly discusses the role of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in helping low-income workers. Includes maps showing county-level information on EITC filers, with Map 1 identifying high child poverty counties and Map 2 identifying nonmetropolitan counties.
Additional links: Map 2: Nonmetropolitan Counties
Author(s): Andrew Schaefer, Beth Mattingly, Kennedy Nickerson , Jessica Carson
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?
Reports on a study using longitudinal data to determine the effects of family income on a child's emotional and behavioral health, and personality characteristics, and the mechanisms supporting these effects. The study included American Indian families who received financial support from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal government, and compared changes at the household level prior to and after receiving these funds, as well as comparisons with families who did not receive this funding. Comparisons of economic status were noted between rural Native Americans and rural African Americans.
Author(s): Randall Akee, William Copeland, E. Jane Costello, Emilia Simeonova
Citation: American Economic Review,108(3), 775-827
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2015-2016: 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 5,342 crop farmworkers conducted between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016.
Author(s): Trish Hernandez, Susan Gabbard
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities
Reports on a national rental housing study detailing the severity of the housing crisis experienced by low-income people with disabilities in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan statistical areas across the U.S. Particular focus is on non-elderly adults with disabilities who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Discusses how limited income and substandard housing places people with disabilities at greater risk of exacerbated chronic health conditions.
Author(s): Gina Schaak, Lisa Sloane, Francine Arienti, Andrew Zovistoski
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Technical Assistance Collaborative
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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 Policy Research
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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