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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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Federal Role in Revitalizing Distressed Cities: Interagency Collaboration and Local Partnerships

The federal government has historically invested significant resources in the nation’s distressed cities.  However, the benefits of these investments have often not been fully realized.
ASPE Issue Brief

How the Affordable Care Act Can Support Employment for People with Mental Illness

In this issue brief, the authors explore the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that may enable Americans with mental illness to obtain the mental health treatment and support services they need to continue working or get back to work.

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

Bonnie O'Day, Crystal Blyler, Anna Collins, Benjamin Fischer, Claire Gill, Todd Honeycutt, Rebecca Kleinman, Frank Martin, Joseph Mastrianni, Eric Morris, Lisa Schottenfeld, Allison Thompkins, Allison Wishon-Siegwarth, and Michelle Bailey Mathematica Policy Research  

Work-Family Supports for Low-Income Families: Key Research Findings and Policy Trends

The paper addresses four areas of work-family policy with particular relevance for the wellbeing of low-income working parents and their families: (1) unpaid family and medical leave, (2) paid parental or family leave (extended leave), (3) paid sick leave (short-term leave), and (4) workplace flexibility or initiatives to expand employees’ control over work shifts, hours, and other circumstance
Report to Congress

Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Thirteenth Report to Congress

The Welfare Indicators Act of 1994 requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prepare an annual report to Congress on indicators of welfare dependence. The Indicators of Welfare Dependence report is prepared by ASPE’s Office of Human Services Policy.

Performance Improvement 2013-2014

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America's Children in Poverty: A New Look at Who's Poor Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure

This research brief examines child poverty in 2010 using both the official poverty measure that the Census Bureau has been using since the 1960s and the more recent Research Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM).