Policymakers should explore new, more consumer-centered systems for providing low-income assistance.
Congress and state legislatures should ensure that all lawfully present non-citizen residents who qualify for essential low-income benefits
Asset limits for public-benefit programs should at least be increased to ensure that they do not discourage saving and then indexed to keep up with inflation.
The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit level should be increased to bring beneficiaries up to the poverty level.
Policymakers should increase food benefits and expand eligibility for food programs.
Information about public-benefit programs should be shortened and simplified. This includes application forms, procedures, and program notices.
Outreach efforts should be an integral component of low-income assistance programs.
The federal government should require state CSBG and SSBG officials to consult with state and local agencies and organizations representi
Policymakers should streamline and coordinate application procedures among different public-benefit programs.
The definition of household in SNAP regulations should be clarified.