Safety Net Accomplishments
As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century when measured using a comprehensive poverty measure, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have declined.
- Greenstein Testimony Before House Budget Committee: Poverty and the Safety Net
- War on Poverty: Large Positive Impact, But More Work Remains
- Today’s Safety Net Cuts Poverty Nearly in Half, Provides Health Care to Millions, and Has Long-Term Benefits for Children
Safety net programs cut poverty nearly in half in 2012, according to our analysis of Census data released today. The data illustrate the effectiveness of a broad range of government assistance programs, such as Social Security, rent subsidies, and tax credits for working families.
- SNAP and Unemployment Insurance Kept Millions Out of Poverty Last Year, Census Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows
- Various Supports for Low-Income Families Reduce Poverty and Have Long-Term Positive Effects On Families and Children
- Social Security Keeps 22 Million Americans Out Of Poverty: A State-By-State Analysis
Earned Income Tax Credit Promotes Work, Encourages Children’s Success at School, Research Finds For Children, Research Indicates that Work, Income, and Health Benefits Extend Into Adulthood
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which went to 27.9 million low- and moderate-income working families in 2011, provides work, income, educational, and health benefits to its recipients and their children, a substantial body of research shows.
September 19, 2014
Media Briefing: Examining the New 2013 Census Data on Poverty, Health Insurance Coverage, and Income
September 16, 2014
Statement of Robert Greenstein on the New Census Bureau Data on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Health Insurance
September 16, 2014
September 11, 2014
Commentary: Ryan “Opportunity Grant” Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time
July 24, 2014
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