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November 25, 2015

CBPP will take a break over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday.  This week we focused on food assistance, federal taxes, housing, Social Security, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings ...
Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors
November 25, 2015

The number of people who spent at least one night in a homeless shelter rose last year for the first time since 2010, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports.  It’s sobering news this Thanksgiving holiday — and an important reminder for policymakers that helping low-income families find...

ehren dohler

Coordinator of the Housing Choice Voucher Funding Project

November 24, 2015

As many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing an elaborate meal with friends and family, it’s important to remember that many other Americans lack the resources to meet basic food needs.  Fortunately, millions of Americans can count on the Supplemental Nutrition...

Colorful Produce
November 23, 2015

As they write final 2016 appropriations bills, policymakers will decide whether to include a proposal to sharply expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration with almost no reforms to address its shortcomings.  As we’ve...

large expansion of mtw would leave even more families without vouchers
November 23, 2015

Social Security is one of the nation’s most successful, effective, and popular programs. Most Americans, both young and old, value Social Security and say they don’t mind paying for it. Indeed,...

future workers expected to earn more
November 23, 2015

Millions of American families can be thankful this holiday season for two working-family tax credits that help them make ends meet and improve their lives.  But if policymakers fail to save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and...

November 20, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, the federal budget and taxes, poverty and inequality, state budgets and taxes, and Social Security.

On housing, we issued an explainer detailing why Congress should not expand the Moving to Work demonstration without...
November 20, 2015

Funding for housing, health, and social services block grants has fallen significantly over time, our study of recent decades shows.  As we explain in this new paper, the data provide a cautionary tale for proposals to merge large numbers of additional programs —...

Dollar Bill Puzzle Pieces
November 20, 2015

The Social Security Administration (SSA) asks whether it should change the way it considers vocational factors — older age, limited education, and lack of transferable skills — in deciding applicants’ eligibility for...

DI Receipt is Highest Among Older Workers W/ Limited Education
November 20, 2015

State and local governments increasingly charge criminal defendants for services ranging from a public defender to room and board in a prison or jail, as a Brennan Center for Justice report explains.  This ...

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