June 20, 2024

The Hamilton Project: The Austere US Safety Net for Poor, Non-Elderly Adults Who Are Not Raising Children and Do Not Receive Disability Benefits

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The U.S. safety net has grown significantly stronger for children and elderly adults over the past half century. However, the story is starkly different for non-elderly adults who are not raising children and do not receive Supplemental Security Income disability benefits or Social Security benefits, Robert Greenstein argues in his Hamilton Project paper. In 2017, this group numbered nearly 106 million people, or nearly 33 percent of the U.S. noninstitutionalized population.

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