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FiveThirtyEight: Why So Many Poor Americans Don’t Get Help Paying For Housing

For many of these families, the issue isn’t that they don’t qualify for help. It’s that the help they need isn’t available. That’s because unlike some other parts of the social safety net — such as food stamps — affordable housing is not an entitlement. Once the money appropriated…

FiveThirtyEight: Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly to Poor People Anymore

The result has been a dramatic shift of resources away from cash assistance and toward spending on other programs. In 1998, nearly 60 percent of welfare spending was on cash benefits, categorized as “basic assistance.” By 2014, it was only about one-quarter of TANF spending. That shift has happened…

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