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Papers April 17, 2024

The safety net should work for working-age adults

Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) receive minimal support from traditional safety net programs. Many struggle to work because of health conditions…
Papers April 17, 2024

The austere US safety net for poor, non-elderly adults who are not raising children and do not receive disability benefits

The safety net remains starkly inadequate for non-elderly childless adults without disability benefits, leading to higher rates of deep poverty, homelessness, …
Papers April 17, 2024

Poverty and poverty reduction among non-elderly, nondisabled, childless adults in affluent countries: The United States in cross-national perspective

Social policy in the United States leaves too many of its citizens exposed to financial hardship and poverty, in large part due to major gaps in coverage. In c…
Papers October 5, 2023

A primer on SNAP work requirements

An explainer on work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) summarizes the research on…
Papers March 1, 2023

The Case for and Challenges of Delivering In-Kind Nutrition Assistance to Children

This essay makes the case that in-kind nutrition benefits—both in the form of prepared meals and grocery vouchers—support a healthy and hunger-free childhood.
Posts August 26, 2022

Food Security Shouldn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Pandemic EBT has the potential to be a powerful tool to fight food hardship among children when schools close for summer. But to realize its potential, states …
Posts June 30, 2022

Event Recap—Lessons for Strengthening Social Insurance  

A June 2022 Hamilton Project event explored how program design matters for the long-term success of social insurance programs.
Papers June 28, 2022

Targeting, Universalism, and Other Factors Affecting Social Programs’ Political Strength

Robert Greenstein looks back at the last four decades of social programs to assess factors affecting social programs' political strength, as well as their …
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