In the United States, it is generally assumed that getting a job is enough to make ends meet. But, in today’s labor market, where nearly a quarter of jobs pay low wages and offer no benefits, this couldn’t be further from the truth for millions of workers and their families. Work supports—programs to assist working families to access basics, such as health care, child care, food, and housing—are supposed to fill in the gaps for families, helping them to afford a safe and decent standard of living. The Bridging the Gaps (BTG) project finds that work supports work for the families who receive them. Across the ten states we studied, they close nearly half (44 percent) of the gap between a family’s earnings and needs.
Albelda, Randy and Boushey, Heather, "Bridging the Gaps: A Picture of How Work Supports Work in Ten States" (2007). Center for Social Policy Publications. 38.