The Changing Composition of Minnesota's Social Safety Net

Publisher: Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium
Dec 19, 2017
Weston Merrick, Robin Phinney, Colleen Heflin, and Yumiko Aratani
The ConsortiumThis research brief uses data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Study (CPS) to describe trends in the demographic and economic characteristics of social safety net recipients in Minnesota. The analysis shows that from 1990 to 2015, recipients of federal welfare, food assistance, and disability programs became increasingly diverse. In addition, although educational attainment increased among program recipients, trends in employment were similar and many participants remained in deep poverty. These trends suggest the need for new approaches that align with changing client needs.