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Poverty & Economic Mobility

ASPE releases the annual U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are used to determine financial eligibility for some Federal programs. Presented here are the poverty lines for every State and the District of Columbia. You will also find extensive resources on poverty estimates, trends, and analysis, plus historical information on poverty and the Guidelines. More broadly, this section also encompasses issues like poverty and income dynamics, and asset building and financial literacy.


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Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and TANF

Submitted to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Report Prepared by: Pamela Loprest and Austin Nichols The Urban Institute

Low-Income Single Mothers Disconnected from Work and Public Assistance

This ASPE Research Brief presents information on trends in the rate of being disconnected from both work and public assistance, and the characteristics of the disconnected group compared to all low-income single mothers. The data are from a project examining the characteristics and experiences of low-income single mothers who are not working or receiving public assistance. [6 PDF pages]

Toward a Social Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Programs to Expand Supported Employment Services: An Interpretive Review of the Literature

Unlike traditional vocational rehabilitation programs that provide extensive training prior to job placement, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment (SE) focuses on placing individuals in jobs then tailoring post-placement training and support to the needs of the job.

Consumer Education Initiatives in Financial and Health Literacy

This report summarizes findings from a review of literature about health literacy and financial education and from interviews with persons involved in initiatives in these areas, primarily federal personnel. It also highlights areas of commonality between financial and health literacy, and suggests ways each field can learn from the other. [75 PDF pages report; 59 PDF pages appendices]

Employment Patterns Among Persons with Children During the Recession

  ASPE RESEARCH BRIEF Employment Patterns Among Persons with Children During the Recession[1] August 2010

Progress toward Self-Sufficiency for Low-Wage Workers

Contents Analytic Approach Key Findings Profile of Low-Wage Workers Low-Wage Workers Wage Progression Low-Wage Workers Progress toward Self-Sufficiency Low-Wage Workers Work Supports and

Performance Improvement 2010

Introduction Section 241(a) of the Public Health Service Act authorizes evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of programs funded by the Act.  Section 241(b) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and to the House Energy and Commerce Committee summarizing the findings from the

Cohabitation and Marriage Rules in State TANF Programs

This paper reports the results of a survey of state TANF rules regarding the treatment of unrelated cohabitors in households containing TANF units. The research focused primarily on identifying differences in how the eligibility of a family is treated depending on the household adult(s) relationship to the children, and, to the extent it matters, marital status.