This video explains how income instability affects families’ everyday lives. It highlights opportunities for policymakers and program administrators to promote greater income stability and mobility through income support programs. In particular, the video proposes that policy makers and program administrators...
Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium
These publications have been produced by members of the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium, a multidisciplinary collaborative of applied social science research scholars and the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago and Chapin Hall, with grant funding from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These publications are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Finding a Way: How Income Instability Affects Low-Income Families
The Changing Composition of Minnesota's Social Safety Net
This research brief uses data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Study (CPS) to describe trends in the demographic and economic characteristics of social safety net recipients in Minnesota.
Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center Creating a Data Model to Analyze TANF Caseloads
The Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center releases a new brief describing a model for using TANF data to understand caseload dynamics and address key policy questions.
Income Instability and Income Support Programs: Recommendations for Policy and Practice
This brief presents background on income volatility and income support programs before making recommendations for policymakers and program administrators to promote income stability and mobility with income support programs.
The Great Recession and the Rise in Material Hardship
New research examining material hardship and sources of economic and family instability provides insight into how the Great Recession impacted households and, going forward, what might help those finding it hard to make ends meet.
The Consortium: 2016 Year in Review
This brief highlights the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium’s individual and collective efforts to improve the lives of low-income families and children by integrating research, policy, and practice on family self-sufficiency and stability.
Changing Demography of Social Safety Net Programs
This report highlights the changing socio-demographic composition of program participants for AFDC/TANF, SNAP and SSI between 1988 and 2015 and discusses the importance of addressing the needs of program participants from diverse backgrounds.
"Not Very Many Options for the People Who Are Working Here:" Rural Housing Challenges Through the Lens of Two New England Communities
This brief uses interview and focus group data to describe some of the ways that restricted rural housing stock affects working families in two rural New England counties, and explores solutions proposed by rural residents and experts to make housing affordable.
Families on a Fault Line? The Risk of Poverty When a Child Joins the Home
This brief describes our use of an official poverty measure (OPM) framework to simulate who is most at risk of falling into poverty through the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.