Finding a Way: How Income Instability Affects Low-Income Families

Feb 27, 2018
  • The video presents program beneficiaries describing their experiences with income instability and income support programs alongside scholarly commentary from Marybeth Mattingly, director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy in the University of New Hampshire. The video is based on a recent brief by Jennifer Romich and Heather D. Hill— associate professors at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, respectively—and explains how income instability affects families' everyday lives. It highlights opportunities for policymakers and program administrators to promote greater income stability and mobility through income support programs. In particular, the brief and video propose that policymakers and program administrators consider changes to eligibility determination and recerti­fication procedures to promote stable income and reduce the cost of program administration. Hill, Mattingly, and Romich are members of the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Scholars Network, which is part of the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium.