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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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Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood: Youth from Distressed Neighborhoods

The transition to adulthood can be particularly challenging for youth growing up in distressed neighbor-hoods. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, this fact sheet compares the adolescent risk behaviors and young adult outcomes of youth from distressed neighborhoods with those of youth from non-distressed neighborhoods. [4 PDF pages]

Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood: Youth from Low-Income Families

  ASPE FACT SHEET Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood Youth from Low-Income Families July 2009 This Research Brief is part of a larger project:Vulnerable Youth and the Transistion to Adulthood

Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood: Young Men and Young Women

This fact sheet considers differences in behaviors and outcomes between young men and young women as they transition to adulthood. It also considers whether differences between young men and young women are related to the fact that some women are caring for children.

Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence

This report is a comprehensive literature review and descriptive synthesis of the state of the research on the influence of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of the US low-income population. Findings are presented in six main areas: marriage and relationships, parenting, youth, mental and physical health, substance use, and crime and violence. [129 PDF pages]

Extending the EITC to Noncustodial Parents: Potential Impacts and Design Considerations

Under current federal income tax rules, low-income noncustodial parents are ineligible for the EITC benefits available to low-income families with children, even when they support their children through full payment of child support.

Housing Status Assessment Guide for State TANF and Medicaid Programs

This Housing Status Assessment Guide for State TANF and Medicaid Programs is part of a study entitled Homelessness Data for HHS Mainstream Programs, that explored the extent to which states collect data on housing status and homelessness from applicants for the two largest HHS mainstream programs that may serve indi

Who are Low-Wage Workers?

  ASPE RESEARCH BRIEF(*) Who are Low-Wage Workers? February 2009 This Research Brief is available on the Internet at: