CSI & Imagine LA De-mystify the Social Safety Net for Working Families
Today, USC Senior Olivia Olson, speaks with USC Price Center for Social Innovation and Imagine LA to understand a partnership study that examined the complex social safety network for low-income working families to identify stagnation points.
The study looked at the total resources families have available and identified the threshold points where the safety net may actually become a barrier towards economic independence — a benefits cliff, where an increase in earnings leaves a family worse off, or a resource plateau, where such an increase leaves a family no better off in terms of the total resources available to them (income and benefits).
Most families receiving social benefits will experience lengthy resource plateaus, where an increase in earned income is met with the equivalent loss of some benefit. However, the ecosystem of social benefits is challenging to navigate and protects mainly families with extremely low incomes by providing childcare and housing benefits.
This partnership also created a tool for families to use to help with the complexities of the myriad benefits available to them, how these benefits overlap. Learn about the policy recommendations and demystify the complex social safety for low-income working families.
- Examining the Complex Social Safety Net for Low-Income Working Families: How Benefits and Resources Respond to Increases in Wages
- Imagine LA
USC Dornsife Senior, Philosophy, Politics, and Law
Soledad De Gregorio
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Price Center for Social Innovation
Chair of the Department of Public Policy
Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Jill Govan Bauman
President & CEO, Imagine LA
Brit Moore Gilmore
Director Of Business Development at Aneuvia
Social Enterprise & Small Business Consultant
Imagine LA Program Graduate and Ambassador