Research Corner

Research picOur 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.

Find research articles and reports by relevant topics:


CLIFF EFFECTS

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

NEW!! 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


ACCESS TO PUBLIC SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

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


HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

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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