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Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix It

Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix It

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An extensive report on how the social safety net has been failing, and how Americans need a long-term strategy to eliminate poverty.
An extensive report on how the social safety net has been failing, and how Americans need a long-term strategy to eliminate poverty.

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How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it
Battered by the Storm
December 2009
A Studyby the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center forCommunity Change, Jobs with Justice, and Legal Momentum
Co-Authors: Deepak Bhargava, Timothy Casey, John Cavanagh, Karen Dolan,Peter Edelman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sarita Gupta, Dedrick Muhammad, DianaPearce, Steve Savner, and Kevin Shih.
 
Special Tanks:
Tis study was made possible by a generous grant rom Max Palevsky, whose passion or the artsand social change has supported many endeavors or a better world.
 Acknowledgements:
Te authors would like to thank Dean Baker or his assistance on the unemployment sections,Chuck Collins or his assistance on Chapter 3, Sarah Anderson and Jen Doak or careul editing assistance, omLewandowski or assistance on the boxes, Danilo Pelletiere or his assistance on the housing section, Deborah Wein-stein o the Coalition on Human Needs or her analysis o the Recovery Act, as well as amar Abrams, GermoniqueUlmer, and Erin Smith or their leadership on communications.
Research Assistance:
Ariadne Anisimova 
Report Layout:
Erik Leaver
Cover Design:
Nate Kerksick For additional copies o this report, see: www.ips-dc.org © 2009 Institute or Policy Studies, Center or Community Change, Legal Momentum, and Jobs with Justice
 
Table of Contents
Key Findings ...................................................................................................................1Introduction ...................................................................................................................3Chapter 1: Te Economic Crisis and Expanding Hardship ............................................4
Te Unemployment Crisis .......................................................................................4Rising Poverty ..........................................................................................................5Rising Foreclosures, Doubling Up, and Homelessness ..............................................7A Recession or Whites is a Depression or Arican Americans, Latinos, andSingle Mothers and Children .............................................................................9Conclusion .............................................................................................................12
Chapter 2: Te Social Saety Net in the Economic Crisis ..............................................13
Te Saety Net in America oday ...........................................................................13Unemployment Insurance ......................................................................................14emporary Assistance to Needy Families (ANF) ..................................................17Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ........................20Housing Programs, Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis ...........................................22Child Care Programs ..............................................................................................23Conclusion .............................................................................................................24
Chapter 3: An Emergency Relie Package .....................................................................25
Federal Investments to Spur Job Creation and Ensure Needed Services Are Available ............................................................................................................26Expansion o programs that provide income or income equivalents to help peoplebetter weather the storm ....................................................................................27How to Pay or the Emergency Relie Measures .....................................................30
Chapter 4: Principles or a More Eective Approach to End Poverty ............................32Endnotes .......................................................................................................................34
 

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