Research and Policy

Our research reports inform our work and guide legal action and policy changes on the city, state, and national levels.

In May of 2014,  we released our latest research report. Entitled Culture of Deterrence: Voices of NYC Public Assistance Recipients, the report contains the results of over 130 surveys submitted by New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) clients. 

Culture of Deterrence systematically documents HRA's failure to properly deliver vital safety net benefits and proposes a series of sensible policies designed to immediately improve the situation. The report dominated headlines in The Daily News, on WNYC, and across a host of other media outlets.

Research for Change

Culture of Deterrence followed a number of other reports released over the last decade. Case Closed: An Examination of Exclusion in New York City’s Public Assistance Programs (2011) documented the administrative hurdles facing Public Assistance applicants and recipients, anWe Want to Work: Challenges to Self-Sufficiency in New York City’s Workforce Development System (2009) exposed stereotypes about the willingness of Public Assistance recipients to work.

Our published research also covers other issues related to Public Assistance programs, SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits, and more.