June 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on June 3, 2017


• Trump Budget Proposal Would Eviscerate Programs for Low-Income Families
• Report Confirms Low-Income Fathers Often Unable to
Meet Child Support Obligations and Unlikely to Have Legal Access to Their Children
• Access to Medical Care and Health Outcomes Improve in States that Expanded Medicaid
• Children From Persistently Poor Families Least Likely to Escape Poverty as Adults
• Pretrial Bail and Payment of Traffic Fines Raise Funds for States at the Expense of the Poor
• MDRC Pairs with Fatherhood Programs to Study the Impact of Three Innovations
• State Policy and Practice News

May 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on May 9, 2017


• Two Lawsuits Aim to End Practice of Arresting Victims of Domestic Violence
• HHS and States Pushing for Medicaid Work Requirements
• Number of States Imposing New Restrictions on Public Benefits Continues to Grow
• Unprecedented Decline in Home Ownership Among Black Families
• Low-Income Families Increasingly Vulnerable to Utility Shut-Off
• State Policy and Practice News

Policy Briefing February 2017

Posted on February 13, 2017


• New Final Rules Affecting Child Support Enforcement Issued
• Early Indications of Proposed Cuts to Social Services by Trump Administration
• States Spending Only Half of TANF Funds on Core Welfare Programs
• Wisconsin Governor Seeks Stricter Requirements on Food Stamp and Housing Assistance Recipients, Increases State EITC for Some Families
• State Policy and Practice News

Enhancing Safety: A Guide to Identifying Services

Posted on March 18, 2014

African American and Latina women who live in poverty – including domestic violence victims and survivors – have identified that sometimes connecting the men in their lives to social welfare services can help ease women’s burden. This new guide is a hands-on tool to help advocates find and learn about local programs that provide social support services to very low-income men. Along with the previously released paper, Enhancing Safety for Women, the Guide to Identifying Services can help agencies figure out whether connecting with a local program that provides social services to men could respond to currently unmet need among women who are victims/survivors of domestic violence.

Enhancing Safety for Women

Communities of color, domestic violence, and social welfare services for low-income men Posted on May 15, 2013

Focusing on low-income African American communities, Enhancing Safety considers women’s experiences of domestic violence within the broader context of their lives. It discusses economic needs that are shared by both women and men; provides information on social welfare services for men (often called “responsible fatherhood programs”); and demonstrates that community-based programs that address the needs of low-income men of color can respond to an unmet need for some domestic violence victims.

Domestic Violence In Context

Unmet Needs and Promising Strategies Posted on March 10, 2013

Domestic Violence In Context is a short paper that considers how race and poverty affect the service needs of domestic violence victims and survivors. It focuses on the experiences of low-income African American women and concludes that having an openness to understanding and responding to differences in cultural context provides a solid foundation for victim-centered advocacy.

Safety and Services

Women of color speak about their communities Posted on October 15, 2011

Safety and Services is based on a series of listening sessions with women who shared their experiences and knowledge of domestic violence, economic support services, and community. The paper explores cultural differences, community influences, a role for churches, and the value of a broad range of economic and social support services for increasing the safety and well-being of low-income women of color.