The Family Resource Simulator: Two Decades of Impact

The Family Resource Simulator (FRS) is a publicly available online data tool that puts power in the hands of advocates, program administrators, and low-income working families. The first of its kind when NCCP launched it in 2003, the FRS allows users to assess the impact of federal and state eligibility rules and support levels provided […]

Family Resource Simulator Policy Impact Case Studies

Twenty-eight million working families and individuals rely on public benefits, such as childcare subsidies, SSI, Medicaid, SNAP, free school lunch, EITC, or free pre-K to make ends meet; however, public benefit programs sometimes penalize families as they earn more. Program administrators and policymakers have the power to improve and streamline program rules, but they need […]

Immigrant Children’s Access to Health and Human Services

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Changes in U.S. immigration policy and enforcement priorities since January 2017 have led more mixed-status immigration families to live in a climate of fear and anxiety. In October 2018, the Trump administration proposed to use executive rule-making authority to change the definition of ‘public charge’ from someone […]

State Immigration Enforcement Policies: How they Impact Low-Income Households

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Over seven million U.S. children live with at least one noncitizen parent — and 80 percent of these children are US-born citizens. Close to 5 million US-citizen children live with an unauthorized immigrant parent, potentially subject to deportation. Research has shown that the deportation of a parent […]

The Florida Minimum Wage: How Much Can It Really Buy, and How High Should It Be?

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. In Florida and across the nation, there is much debate about the adequacy of the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not increased since July 2009, and has fallen by more than fifty cents in real terms since then. Adjusted for inflation, the current […]

Protecting Workers, Nurturing Families: Building an Inclusive Family Leave Insurance Program: Findings and Recommendations from the New Jersey Parenting Project

Learn more about our Making Work Supports Work project. A high-quality paid family leave policy is a vital investment in the future of young children and their families. Paid family leave allows workers to take time off from their jobs to bond with new children or care for seriously ill family members with some financial […]

Taxing the Poor: State Income Tax Policies Make a Big Difference to Working Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. This is an excerpt from the full report. In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama called for policy change to ensure that “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” However, a new NCCP analysis of state tax policy finds that […]

Energy Insecurity among Families with Children

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Energy insecurity (EI) reflects an inability to adequately meet basic household heating, cooling, and energy needs. EI is a pervasive and often-overlooked problem for low-income families with children. Conceptually, EI is a multi-dimensional construct that describes the interplay between structural conditions of housing and the costs of […]

Knowing What Works: States and Cities Build Smarter Social Policy with New and Improved Poverty Measurement

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. This is an excerpt from the full report. To better understand poverty and find the best strategies to reduce it, states and localities need to know who is poor, why they are poor, and what policies work best for different groups. Rather than rely on the official […]

Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times: Lessons from the States

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. This is an excerpt from the full report. The Great Recession and its lingering aftermath has damaged state budgets to an extent unseen for decades, severely challenging states’ capacity to support critical social safety net programs. Fiscal year 2012 will mark the fourth consecutive year that states […]