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Low-Income Populations

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ASPE Issue Brief

COVID-19 and Economic Opportunity: Unequal Effects on Economic Need and Program Response

April 13, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented economic and social impact on Americans, with particularly harsh effects on people in certain race and ethnic groups. Public programs intended to address these needs have also had uneven reach, with many less likely to benefit families of color.
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COVID-19 and Economic Opportunity: Inequities in the Employment Crisis

April 12, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented economic crisis with inequitable effects. Overall employment figures mask the disparate impacts on some communities of color, women, and low-wage workers. These groups were more likely to lose jobs, reduce hours worked, or withdraw from the labor market.

Persons in Low-Income Households Have Less Access to Internet Services

March 22, 2021
This factsheet presents estimates of access to internet services for low-income families, as well as differences by demographic characteristics and geography. Key takeaways include:

Facilitating Low-Income Families’ Use of Emergency Paid Family Leave: Considerations for Human Services Agencies in Supporting Workers and Their Employers

April 2, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 Congress enacted emergency paid family leave (Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act) as well as emergency paid sick leave. This brief suggests lessons for facilitating the use of emergency paid family leave by lower-income families, drawing on research by ASPE on families’ participation in state paid family leave programs.

Exploring the Relationship Between Paid Family Leave and the Well-being of Low-Income Families: Lessons from California

January 12, 2017
This research report presents the results of a mixed-methods study that drew on California state administrative data and findings from focus groups with low-income working mothers to 1) explore how lower-income parents interact with California's PFL program and 2) better understand the relationship between PFL and key elements of family well-being, especially for economically disadvantaged fami

Income and Employment Fluctuations among Low-Income Working Families and Their Implications for Child Care Subsidy Policy

January 11, 2017
This brief explores income and employment patterns of working families, potentially eligible for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies, over a 12-month period.  Analysis of the 2008 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) waves 8 to 11 (early 2011 to early 2012) followed a group of families who were assumed to be “eligible” for CCDF subsidies because they were
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Effects of the CCDF Subsidy Program on the Employment Outcomes of Low-Income Mothers

December 20, 2016
This study used a rigorous difference-in-differences approach to examine the effect of child care policy on women's labor force participation.

Why Health Matters for Low-Income Fathers

November 29, 2015
This brief will help community-based organizations serving low-income fathers better understand the new opportunities offered under the Affordable Care Act, why it is important information for their clients, and how they can help their clients get connected to health coverage and care.