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America’s Benefits Cliff, Part 2

For decades, our public assistance programs have focused on helping low-income Americans find employment, slowly phasing out benefits as they get back on their feet. But today, some people lose benefits too soon and end up in a situation where…

America’s Benefits Cliff, Part 1

For decades, our public assistance programs have focused on helping low-income Americans find employment, slowly phasing out benefits as they get back on their feet. But today, some people lose benefits too soon and end up in a situation where…

Unpacking the American Rescue Plan, Part 2

How do you get free school meals to students who are now learning at home? Should we enable community leaders to take a leading role in public assistance programs? Are there ways we can modernize resources and streamline processes to…

Unpacking the American Rescue Plan, Part 1

Recently, people across the country have been focused on one thing – The American Rescue Plan. The latest episode of our podcast dives into this enormous new stimulus bill and relief package and how we can ensure program benefits actually…

Using Innovation to Improve Public Services

Why do we make poor people work so hard to prove they are poor? Why is it so hard for a nursing home employee who works with the elderly every day to get a coronavirus vaccine? Is the government providing…

Breaking Down Barriers to Public Services

As we continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative that we break down barriers to public services for the people who need them most. In the second episode of our new podcast, People First: Improving Government Services to the…

Stan Dorn on the Readiness of Public Assistance Programs to Handle a Pandemic

Are you curious about how COVID-19 is impacting government assistance programs like SNAP and Medicaid? Do you think these programs would work better if they were updated and utilized new approaches to handle increased demand? In the inaugural episode of…