Research Corner

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Our research partner Center for Social Policy conducts extensive research with input from the other Coalition members and families experiencing housing instability. This serves as a guide to inform and drive forward the Coalition’s advocacy agenda.

Research articles and reports:

The Foundation to Thrive: Connecting The Importance of Safe, Stable Homes with the Health and Well being of Families and Children by Children’s HealthWatch and Mission Partners

Advocacy toolkit that makes a compelling connection between the importance of safe, stable homes with the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

Pathways to Stable Homes. Children’s Health Watch, May 2019.

Through feedback and information from multiple sources, including a listening tour, simulation modeling, and a healthcare cost analysis, CHW outlines the cost burden on families due to higher housing and childcare costs. It proposes recommendations to relieve the cost burden.

PULSE Briefing: Survey of Legislation to Ameliorate the Cliff Effect – Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, April 2019.

Bundles of Public Assistance Benefits for Low-Income Massachusetts Families. Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston and On Solid Ground Coalition, August 2018.

Reference Guide: Identifying Policy Levers to Improve the Massachusetts System of Supports for Low-Income Families. Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston and On Solid Ground Coalition, Feb 2018.

The goal of this reference guide is to provide background information on
eligibility requirements for public assistance programs available to low-income families
in the state of Massachusetts to demonstrate the inconsistencies and complexities that
arise from those eligibility requirements.

Reference guide Feb 2018
Income Eligibility for Public Assistance Programs Available to Massachusetts Families

Analyzing the Massachusetts Public Assistance System: Measuring Coverage Gaps. Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston, On Solid Ground Coalition, Boston Area Research Initiative, Feb 2018.

The goal of this study is to calculate the percentage of people in Massachusetts
who are eligible for various forms of public assistance as well as the percentage of people in Massachusetts who report actually receiving those benefits; the difference between these two numbers is called the coverage gap. The study also aims to calculate  calculate the odds of receiving public assistance based on demographic characteristics, including: race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, citizenship status, health status, and number of children in the household.

Combining Earnings with Public Supports: Cliff Effects in Massachusetts.
Communities & Banking. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Winter 2017.
Authors: Randy Albelda and Michael Carr

The Road to the Cliff Edge: Understanding Financial Gaps Faced by Workers and Job Seekers (Click here for the power-point on the report)
The Center for Social Policy, 2017
Authors: Susan Crandall, Marija Bingulac and Caitlin Carey

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Closer Look at Cliff Effects in Massachusetts
The Center for Social Policy, June 2016.
Authors: Randy Albelda and Michael Carr


Guidebook to Social Services for MassHealth ACOs
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, 2017.
Authors: Brandynn Holgate, Marija Bingulac, and Heather MacIndoe

Mothers Know Best: At the Intersection of Low-Wage Work, Public Assistance, and Child Care.
9to5 Justice for Working Women, 2017.
Authors: Lisa Dodson, Françoise Carré, and Linda Meric

Characteristics of Extremely Low-Income Families in Massachusetts 
The Center for Social Policy, 2015.
Author: Marija Bingulac


Family Housing Resource Guide Massachusetts.
Homes for Families, July 2018.
This guide provides information on housing crisis resources and homelessness prevention programs, as well as an overview of the agencies and organizations that administer support. It also provides information on tenant rights and fair housing laws in Massachusetts.

Family Experiences of Homelessness in Massachusetts: the Case for Family-Centered Care
Homes for Families, 2017.
Authors: Carmela J. DeCandia, Marvin So, and Libby Hayes

Evidence Based Stabilization: A Solution to Reduce Family Homelessness in Massachusetts
Homes for Families, 2017.
Author: Carmela J. DeCandia

Can Subsidized Housing Help Address Homelessness in New England?
New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2015.
Authors: Robert Clifford and Osborne Jackson

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