UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute researchers are trying to speak with 530 eligible California families with at least one child ages 0-8, are Black, Latinx, and/or white and speak English or Spanish. After finishing the survey, participants receive a $50 gift card as a thank you!
California families are struggling to stay healthy and make ends meet. This study aims to capture families’ experiences with safety-net programs before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on take-up and use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Safety net programs are designed to support families in times of crisis, yet many eligible families don’t participate. This study aims to understand the supports people utilize, how they help, the factors that predict participation, where the gaps may be, and what can be done to make things better.
The study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and Tipping Point Foundation. The information gathered will be used to stimulate ideas about how to improve resources and supports for families. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Melissa Cortez, study manager, at [email protected]