It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Laura Tach, Jennifer Sykes


the area of welfare has replaced significantly. because the negative alternate welfare exams for low-wage jobs, their low gains qualify them for a hefty fee come tax time—a blend of the earned source of revenue tax credits and different refunds. for lots of operating mom and dad this one payment is like hitting the lottery, delivering a number of months’ wages in addition to the wish of making an investment in a greater destiny. Drawing on interviews with a hundred and fifteen households, the authors examine how mom and dad plan to exploit this annual funds providence to accumulate rate reductions, return to varsity, and ship their little ones to varsity. although, those goals of upward mobility are frequently dashed through the trouble of attempting to get by means of on meager wages. In available and interesting prose, It’s in contrast to I’m Poor examines the prices and merits of the recent work-based safeguard web, suggesting how one can increase its strengths in order that extra of the operating bad can discover the promise of a middle-class life.

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