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Improving Access to Public Benefits: Helping Eligible Individuals and Families Get the Income Supports They Need

Waters-Boots, Shelley

The Ford Foundation; Open Society Institute; Annie E. Casey Foundation

2010

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased vital resources such as food stamps, unemployment insurance, and housing subsidies available to low-income families struggling through the recession. But not all families were able to gain access to and receive the benefits for which they were eligible. This report suggests that there is a need for funders, states, communities and the federal government to create more programs that low-income families can access.