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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 Policy Research
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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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. 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
Map displaying county-level data showing the percentage of households that received SNAP benefits in the past 12 months in Colorado.
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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Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
Presents statistics on food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs. Also explores the prevalence of food insecurity by household characteristics, including metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location, and geographic census region.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Christian Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Proposed EITC Expansion Would Increase Eligibility and Dollars for Rural and Urban "Childless" Workers
Reports on proposed changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the eligibility impact for rural versus urban childless workers.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services: Early Implementation
Describes the activities of 14 tribes and tribal organizations that received demonstration grants from the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) for Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect. Addresses models for coordinating service delivery, services and activities implemented by grantees, grantee progress, and key findings.
Author(s): Pirkko Ahonen, Kim Keating, Julie Morales, et al.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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