Social Safety Net
Only One in Seven Eligible Kids Get Free Lunch in the Summer. What's Going Wrong?
Food insecurity increases in the summer, but providers who want to get free meals to kids say they're restricted by an onerous and outdated program.
The Trump Administration Wants to Deny SNAP Benefits to Parents Who Don't Pay Child Support
Experts believe the change would result in more low-income families going without food assistance.
Bernie Says Immigration Threatens the Social Safety Net. Research Shows Otherwise.
The Vermont senator shares the same zero-sum mindset on immigration as his Republican counterparts, including Donald Trump.
The Implementation of SNAP Work Requirements Could Be Hugely Harmful to the LGBT Community
But it's hard to say exactly how harmful, as there are only scant data points available.
How Many People Would Be Helped by a Federal Jobs Guarantee?
A new report looks at the concept of a federal job guarantee—and who might be helped and hurt by such a program.
The Far-Reaching Effect of the Trump Administration's Proposed Changes to the 'Public Charge' Rule
A new analysis concludes the proposed changes could affect over 175 million people.
How Medicaid Expansion Could Improve Political Participation
New evidence suggests Oregon's Medicaid expansion boosted short-term political participation in the years immediately after the law was passed.
Research Suggests Trump's Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Making Americans More Xenophobic
White Americans hold many negative stereotypes about undocumented workers.
Middle-Income Americans Are Increasingly Making Use of the Social Safety Net
A new report released by the Brookings Institution finds the safety net is not just for low-income folks anymore.
More People Than Ever Depend on the Federal Government for Help. So Why Is Public Trust at an All-Time Low?
In her new book, political scientist Suzanne Mettler asks: How can the U.S. government provide so much, yet still be the object of such derision?
Fear of Coming Minority Status Drives White Opposition to Welfare
New research shows whites are less supportive of government benefits if they believe the recipients will primarily be people of color.
How Unstable Medicaid Programs Discourage Recipients From Engaging With Politics
Political scientist Jamila Michener talks about how state-level changes to Medicaid benefits can politically disempower its recipients.
Trump Believes We Need to Issue Work Requirements to Social Safety Net Recipients. Research Suggests Otherwise.
Trump's executive order to enforce work requirements on social safety net recipients ignores the barriers to steady employment those folks already face.
In Targeting Food Stamp Work Requirements, Congress Is Going After an Issue That Barely Exists
These three charts show that new proposed work requirements are a solution in search of a problem.
The Trump Administration's Revised Immigration Rule Could Penalize American Citizens for Using Social Services
The Department of Homeland Security says a new draft rule saves taxpayers money. Activists warn that it targets immigrants and the poor.
A U.N. Poverty Expert Breaks Down the Sorry State of Economic Equality in America
Researcher Philip Alston offers a sharp criticism of U.S. policymakers' response to poverty.
Three Things You Need to Know About the House Budget Proposal
The House has released its 2018 budget blueprint. It's already meeting resistance from both far-right and centrist Republicans.
In Colorado, a Clinic for Refugees Thrives on Medicaid
As the future of health care hangs in the balance, one clinic in Colorado is bucking the perception that Medicaid is costly and ineffective.