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The Impact of Work Supports: A Snapshot from Detroit

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Kinsey Alden Dinan

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: work supports; low-wage work

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: Michigan


Many of Detroit’s parents struggle to support their children, despite full-time work. This fact sheet shows that work supports—such as the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and child care subsidies—can help. But reforms are needed to ensure that these policies effectively support workers in the transition from low-wage work to economic self-sufficiency.