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Protecting Assistance for Families in Need

by United State of Women | Updated on 5.4.18

We must strengthen the safety net. Learn more, and take action above or below.

There is strong evidence to show that the nation’s core economic security programs are highly effective: they sharply reduce poverty, improve nutrition and health care for millions of children, families, and individuals, and promote work. Changes in the economy–which have fostered low-wage jobs that are also unstable, lack adequate hours, and require volatile, last-minute job schedules—mean that millions of people require help from safety net programs in order to obtain the necessities of life.


– Protect SNAP from any changes that would undermine the core nutritional support it provides or the key counter-cyclical role it plays in times of economic downturns.

– Allow low-income participants to buy quality foods throughout the month.

– Fix the negative incentives in the TANF performance measures, including making family well-being the key focus of the program and allowing training, which is essential for workers to compete in the new economy, to count fully towards participation requirements.

– Ensure that low-income families can have reliable vehicles and build the emergency savings necessary to remain self-sufficient once benefits end.

– Focus on the enrollment and retention of low-income families with toddlers in WIC, as they are far less likely to receive the benefits they are eligible for than families with infants.

– Ensure that low-income families have access to the full package of safety net programs for which they are eligible, including SNAP, Medicaid, child care assistance, TANF, and WIC, with a minimum of burden, churn or sharp loss of benefits as earnings increase.

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