All families want to achieve economic self-sufficiency, but moving from one rung of the economic ladder to another can be challenging. The problems are both complex and interrelated. While trying to secure and maintain steady employment, families may also be struggling with issues related to hunger, lack of affordable housing, physical or mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Federal, state, and local programs that assist families in achieving economic self-sufficiency have the potential to help low-income households increase their earnings, build assets, and reduce reliance on housing subsidies and other public assistance.
IMPAQ helps improve programs that have the potential to move millions of American’s toward economic self-sufficiency. Our research has helped county, state, and Federal governments’ better understand impediments and solutions to better address the causes of homelessness. We bring subject matter expertise in the intersecting fields of child welfare, behavioral health, food security, and trauma-informed care.
IMPAQ has conducted work supporting self-sufficiency, including healthy marriage/relationship education, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) food purchases, nutrition, vulnerable populations, and housing.
For example, we conducted a feasibility study for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to determine the viability of capturing purchases at the point-of-sale made by recipients of SNAP assistance. This project also informed the development a prototype that will help determine the feasibility of a national system. With better data describing the diets and food purchasing patterns of SNAP households, FNS can make more informed policy and program decisions.
To help Federal, state, and local agencies develop, implement, and evaluate programs that allow individuals to continue to work and provide for their families when their incomes alone are not sufficient, IMPAQ brings cross-disciplinary teams of labor and human services experts who possess both the background and technical know-how needed to generate critical answers to complex questions.
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