Strong Safety Net
A strong safety net prevents destitution when work that pays a family-supporting wage is not a real or immediate possibility: for the disabled, for children, for the unemployed, for the underemployed.
People who are currently unemployed or underemployed should have access to the essential supportive services they need in time of crisis to meet basic family needs. Research has shown that growing up in poverty leads to negative health, social, and economic consequences for children that often continue in adulthood. A safety net relieves poverty and inequality and enables households to make productive investments in their future that are impossible to make when basic family needs are not met.
We provide research and advocacy in support of government and nonprofit social service providers throughout the state.
Bridging the Gaps was a multi-year, multi-state intensive research and outreach project intended to provide a full picture of public work supports in the United States. JOBS NOW Coalition is one of five Minnesota partners who conducted research in Minnesota for the report. Other Minnesota partners included Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, Legal Services Advocacy Project, Minnesota Budget Project, and Minnesota Community Action Association. The national project was led by the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC and the Center for Social Policy of the University of Massachussetts. Download report in PDF.
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