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A Primer on WIC: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Welfare/Social Services,Women

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44115.pdf

Discusses the eligibility, benefits, and delivery systems for the program which provides food, nutrition education, and health care services to women, infants, and children.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Improving the Assessment of SNAP Targeting Using Administrative Records

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1844884/err186.pdf

This study assesses the extent to which the food nutrition program, formerly known as Food Stamps, reaches the poorest households by estimating benefit receipt by annual household income relative to poverty.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Overpayments in the Social Security Administration’s Disability Programs: A 10-Year Study

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/A-01-14-24114.pdf

Studies 1,500 beneficiaries who began receiving disability benefits in October 2003 to determine the extent of overpayments in the program.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Congressional Statistics

Categories: Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/factsheets/cong_stats/2014/index.html

Data on major Social Security programs (OASDI and SSI) for each state and Congressional district.  Covers total number of persons receiving benefits and the amount of total  monthly payments made to persons.  From the Social Security Administration

 

21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-97.html

Agency press release about the report entitled Dynamics of Economic Well-Being.  Provides a summary of who participated in the programs and for how long and offers a link to the full report.  From the Census Bureau

 

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009-2012: Who Gets Assistance?

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/demo/p70-141.pdf

Focuses on the participation and characteristics of people who receive benefits from federal means-tested assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, TANF, and Housing Assistance.  In 2012 approximately 21% of the population participated in one or more of the programs.  From the Census Bureau

 

Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Children,Income/Poverty,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/rural_child_poverty_report_final_non-embargoed.pdf

Over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20%  in every Census since 1980.  This report describes ways to measure rural poverty,  credits federal assistance programs with alleviating the worst of such poverty and urges a variety of program adjustments to continue the progress.  From the White House

 

Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670306.pdf

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office

 

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