Cross-Cutting Issues

Background

Much of Chapter 6 contains policies dedicated to specific low-income assistance programs, but this section explores some issues that affect the eligibility, administration, and access to social safety net programs. First, current measures for determining how many Americans are impoverished consistently undercount those actually living in poverty, preventing many from accessing much needed services. Second, many Americans are eligible for various low-income assistance programs but do not participate because they are either unaware of these programs or unable to overcome the complexity of navigating the different benefits. Lastly, low rates of reading and computer literacy as well as numeracy among some older, lower-income Americans can threaten people’s ability to pursue their best health, wealth, and self.

Found in Cross-Cutting Issues