Proposed “Public Charge” Regulation includes Non-Cash Benefits such as the EITC, SNAP, and CHIP

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new federal regulation that expands the definition of “public charge,” – a term used by U.S. immigration officials to describe a person who “is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” The proposed expansion of this definition would allow officials to factor in the…

Coming Together for Children in Immigrant Families

Children of immigrants face a range of risks and unique vulnerabilities,  exacerbated by recent policy changes, executive actions, and rhetoric. Two new reports issued by CLASP focus on the immediate and long-term consequences on young children in immigrant families and provide recommendations for supporting immigrant families and placing children’s health and well-being front and center.  CLASP will be…

Safety Net Programs and Measuring Child Poverty

An October report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) demonstrates that federal safety net programs – including refundable tax credits – have driven a significant decline in child poverty over the last decades. Researchers analyzed data from the federal Supplemental Poverty Measure – which includes income from SNAP and other federal non-cash benefits and refundable tax…

Lessons Learned from the Work Support Strategies (WSS) Initiative

Approximately five years ago, the Work Support Strategies (WSS) initiative provided a group of diverse states (Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, and Idaho) with funding and technical assistance to streamline and integrate the delivery of key work supports. In April, CLASP released a comprehensive report on lessons learned from the significant work to integrate and align across…

The Interaction of Need-Tested Benefits

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report at the end of last year exploring the interaction of nine major need-tested benefit programs, including tax credits, to provide information on eligibility and benefit receipt among individuals and households. The report uses U.S. Census data along with microsimulation modeling to delve into the number of individuals…