Low income families' utilization of the Federal "Safety Net": Individual and state-level predictors of TANF and Food Stamp receipt

Kelly M. Purtell, Elizabeth T. Gershoff, J. Lawrence Aber

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Abstract

Two of the primary programs through which the federal government provides benefits to low income families are the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Food Stamp program. However, many eligible low income families do not actually receive these benefits. We combined state-level policy data with rich data on a national sample of low income families to investigate family and state-level predictors of TANF and Food Stamp receipt. Our findings indicate: 1) families experiencing more economic hardship and health challenges are more likely to receive benefits, and 2) states' coverage is associated with families' receipt of TANF, but not Food Stamps. Implications for policy and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-724
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • Food stamps
  • Low income families
  • Safety net
  • TANF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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