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The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
Report: Does Supportive Housing Keep Families Together?
Neighborhood Qualities and Parenting Among Mothers With Young Children
May 29, 2019 – Families –A study in the Journal of Family Issues explored the associations between neighborhood social processes (e.g., social disorder) and parenting qualities among mothers of children age 2-4. Higher levels of positive neighborhood characteristics were associated with reduced parenting stress and higher positive parenting qualities for all mothers, but neighborhood social processes were especially impactful for single mothers. The author suggests that enhancing neighborhood supports can be helpful for promoting healthier parenting across multiple dimensions, particularly for single mothers
Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available
May 24, 2019 – Families –A new joint report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) focuses on assistance programs targeting two critical family expenses: child care and housing. The report finds that due to insufficient funding, only one in six eligible children receives child care assistance and one in five eligible families with children receives housing assistance. The authors indicate that both assistance programs are effective: for instance, housing vouchers reduced housing instability by four-fifths, and homelessness by three-quarters. The report encourages policymakers to consider elevating funding for these programs in their funding discussions around non-defense discretionary programs.
Opioid and Substance Use Disorder and Receipt of Treatment Among Parents Living With Children in the United States, 2015-2017
May 24, 2019 – Families –A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores the prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD) among parents of resident children. The authors found that 0.9% of parents were living with OUD; those parents were more often low income, non-Hispanic white, and to have Medicaid than parents who were living with non-OUD SUDs. Parents with OUD were more likely to receive treatment than parents with other kinds of SUDs, but rates of treatment were less than one-third in this group. The authors suggest that primary care practitioners can play an important role in screening, diagnosing, and supporting patients with treatment decision-making.
What it would take to achieve quality jobs for all workers?
May 24, 2019 – Families –The Urban Institute published a detailed report exploring "What would it take to achieve quality jobs for all workers." Based on interviews, focus groups, and round tables with key stakeholders, the report identifies required actions from an array of business, policy, private players, including legislators, employers, industries, nonprofit agencies, and workers themselves. The report concludes with a list of priorities for better understanding how to improve job quality, including gathering additional data on non-standard work, a key area in which job quality may need to be improved.
Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies
Improving ACA Subsidies for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers Is Key to Increasing Coverage
May 16, 2019 – Families –A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) posits that the key to increasing health insurance coverage is to expand subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act. Although cost is the main barrier to coverage for uninsured populations, the majority of the uninsured have low incomes and are eligible for ACA marketplace options. CBPP suggests that costs of expanded subsidies could be met by scaling back the tax cuts from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Is Maternal Income in Childhood Associated With Adolescent Health and Behavioral Outcomes?
Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program: An Overview of Policy Differences across States and Territories as of October 1, 2017
Innovative Approaches to Providing Rental Assistance: States and Localities Seek To Support Health and Human Services Goals
May 16, 2019 – Families –A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that as existing federal rental assistance only reaches one-in-four eligible households, states and cities have strengthened efforts around their own rental assistance. Through qualitative research, CBPP documents that state and local rental assistance efforts are generally targeted at populations served by existing health and human services programs, with most funds coming from general revenue sources (rather than specific dedicated funds, like a fee or tax). The authors conclude that this kind of assistance isn't necessarily adequate for meeting the need for affordable housing but helps fill the gap (particularly for special populations in need).
Findings from In-Depth Interviews with Participants in Subsidized Employment Programs
February 26, 2019 – Families –Subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs seek to increase employment and earnings among individuals who have not been able to find employment on their own. First-hand accounts of participants’ experiences in these programs can inform efforts to improve long-term employment outcomes for various “hard-to-employ” populations.