New Report: Heather Hahn, Michael Katz, & Julia B. Isaacs, What Is It Like to Apply for SNAP and Other Work Supports?, Urban Institute, Aug. 2017. Abstract below:
Many working families are eligible for help with food, health insurance, and child care to support their families and stabilize their employment. Applying for support, though, can be confusing and time intensive, leaving some eligible families without key supports. This brief examines the experiences of clients applying for work supports: what they go through, what they care about, and how experiences differ for different clients. We find that state social service agencies and local social services office can help families access supports by using fast, efficient processes; offering a range of options for how to apply, including online systems; interacting with clients respectfully; and providing clear information on how to apply for and maintain supports.
New Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, The Republican party is a threat to school lunches for hungry kids, The Hill, Aug. 25, 2017. [Note: I do not write the headline for the op-ed, but this is pretty accurate. And as with all such op-ed, only read the comments if you are prepared to get depressed.]
Op-Ed: Joe Kennedy III & Peter Edelman, “Donald Trump’s Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry,” Time, June 29, 2017.
Elaine Waxman and Jonathan Schwabish, “What would happen to SNAP if proposed $191 billion cut became law?“, The Urban Institute, May 30, 2017.
This week there was lots of coverage of Trump’s proposed budget (see this overview from the NY Times) and its effect on poor people. Below are just some of the articles and op-eds on the topic:
- Max Ehrenfreund, “How Trump’s budget helps the rich at the expense of the poor,” Wash Post Wonkblog, May 23, 2017.
- Julie Hirschfield Davis, “Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts,” N.Y. Times, May 22, 2017.
- Jenny Luna, “Trump Takes a Big Bite out of His Voters’ Food Stamps,” Mother Jones, May 23, 2017.
- Julia Bellez, “45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program,” Vox, May 25, 2017.
Perhaps the headline from the NPR story says it best:
Lastly, perhaps to explain what Republicans think about all this, this week Ben Carson called poverty largely a state of mind.
News Article: Caitlin Dewey, Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them, Washington Post (Mar. 16, 2017).
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