Policy Report

This brief is packed with fresh ideas and real-world examples aimed at enhancing access to public work supports. It is the product of a national initiative, called The Working Poor Families Project, which supports the policy efforts of state nonprofits seeking to improve economic conditions for America’s vulnerable working families.

March 20, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What work supports are and why they are important.

  2. 2

    Ideas for enhancing access to work supports.

  3. 3

    Policy tips for Working Poor Families Project partners.

  4. 4

    Examples of successful work support strategies.

Key Takeaway

Millions of economically fragile families depend on work supports to make ends meet

Since the Great Recession, the number of families in need of and receiving work supports has surged. One study found that as many as 16 million American households — nearly one in every five — received at least one work support in 2008. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations