2010 KIDS COUNT in Delaware Issue Brief: Benefit Cliffs

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University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, Newark, DE
Research conducted by the National Center for Children in Poverty has found that the programs created to assist people in poverty can also trap them as they try to become self-sufficient. Called the “cliff effect,” the phenomenon occurs when individuals in poverty find their work support benefits reduced if their income increases. In this issue brief, we use the Family Resource Simulator to examine what these cliffs look like in Delaware and give recommendations for how to tweak the system so that work does pay.
Benefits, Benefits cliffs, Child poverty, Poverty, Cliff effect, Income inequality, Working poor, Unemployment, SNAP, Public benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SCHIP, School Breakfast and Lunch Program, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, TANF, Energy Assistance, LIHEAP, Rent assistance, Housing assistance
Kids Count in Delaware Issue Brief: Benefits Cliffs. (2010). Newark, DE: Center for Community Research & Service; University of Delaware.