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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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The Cash and Counseling Demonstration: An Experiment in Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services

December 31, 1997
This article appeared in the American Rehabilitation (Volume 24, Number 3, pp27-30). [14 PDF pages]

Implementing Welfare Reform Requirements for Teenage Parents: Lessons from Experience in Four States

October 30, 1997
by Robert G. Wood and John Burghardt Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation  

Welfare Reform and Disability: Issues and HHS Activities

September 30, 1997
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Welfare Reform and Disability: Issues and HHS Activities Interagency Work Group on Welfare Reform and People with Disabilities October 1997 PDF Version (8 PDF pages)
Report to Congress

Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1997

September 30, 1997
    Indicators of Welfare Dependence  

Determinants of AFDC Caseload Growth

June 30, 1997

Performance Improvement 1997

January 31, 1997
Foreword The Department is pleased to present Performance Improvement 1997: Evaluation Activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--the second annual report documenting the evaluation efforts of all the HHS agencies and offices.

Service Utilization and the Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Characteristics of Children with Disabilities in Illinois

August 31, 1996
Robert Goerge, Lucy Mackey-Bilaver, Bong Joo Lee, David Koepke and Allison Harris