Elizabeth Lower-Basch leads the Income and Work Supports team at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), an anti-poverty organization that promotes effective federal and state policies for low-income families and individuals. http://www.clasp.org She spends her days working for better federal and state welfare and income supports policies, and her nights trying to keep up with her tween and teenage boys.
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October 27, 2015
My youngest child just turned 12, but I can still remember how hard it was when my children were babies: the lack of sleep, the colicky evenings, the diaper blow-outs, the meals eaten with one hand, the worry when they ran a fever. But I never had to worry about whether we’d have a place to sleep at night, or enough to eat, and I never tried to wash and reuse a disposable diaper because I couldn’t afford to buy more. For too many parents of infants, that’s not the case . In 2014, nearly one-quarter of all babies under the age of 1 were in poor families, as were more than one-third of Black...
November 16, 2010
This time of year, many are planning their Thanksgiving menu and visits with family over the holidays and New Year. But a huge number of Americans are facing a much colder holiday season. Unless Congress acts now, two million workers will find it difficult to even put food on the table once their federal jobless benefits expire at the end of this month. Nearly 800,000 workers will have their benefits cut off the first week of December, with the rest following soon thereafter. In 2009, unemployment insurance benefits kept 3.3 million Americans out of poverty, including one million children...
January 13, 2009
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) As a parent, you probably have lots of experience dividing things among more than one child. You might give each child the same number of cookies for dessert. Or you might buy a new jacket for the child who has outgrown hers, but not for her brother whose jacket still fits. But you probably wouldn’t buy new shoes for everyone except the one whose only pair is a size too small.