This section charts new programs geared towards the delivery and refinement of public assistance. Topics include enrollment, family support, foster youth, and financial supports for low-income people, Social Security, welfare-to-work, vouchers, income supplements, housing assistance, and homelessness. Recent legislative and political initiatives in this field are also explored.
In the United States, the social safety net is composed of more than 80 services that together lift almost 50 million Americans above the poverty line each year. But millions are still falling through the cracks and miss out on the chance to get back on their feet.