Policy

Single Stop seeks to improve access to comprehensive financial supports to help low-income individuals and families meet their basic needs and move up the economic ladder. Our policy work focuses on improving federal, state, and local policies that impact benefits access and college completion, and building government relationships that support our sites. Uniquely positioned to learn from Single Stop clients and coordinators on the ground, Single Stop has developed and advanced a policy agenda in Washington DC and around the country.

Our policy work includes:

- Co-convening a national Coalition for Access Coalition for Access and Opportunity along with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and First Focus;
- Writing and disseminating policy research and reports;
- Providing comments, letters, and testimony to policymakers at the local, state, and federal level;
- Leading efforts to ensure that funds are dedicated to providing coordinated access to benefits and services through demonstration projects; and
- Testing innovations through public-private partnerships with local government.

 

Coalition for Access and Opportunity

In 2010, Single Stop co-convened the Coalition for Access and Opportunity (“the Coalition”) with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and First Focus. The Coalition is dedicated to alleviating poverty for millions of Americans by advocating for federal, state and local policies that facilitate comprehensive, coordinated access to underutilized public benefits and related resources. The Coalition regularly writes policy briefs, hosts webinars, and engages with policymakers in order to publicize best practices and promote policies aimed at improving access to existing financial supports for low-income families.

 

Policy Research and Reports

Single Stop has released several reports in partnership with the Coalition, as well as with other organizations:

This paper, written on behalf of Single Stop and the Coalition for Access and Opportunity, explores strategies for maximizing enrollment in health insurance and highlights specific roles that state and federal agencies can play in coordinating access to benefits and services as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

This paper, issued by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Single Stop, details the impact the Single Stop model has had on community college students and provides federal policy recommendations to support student success.

This paper, written in partnership with Excelencia in Education, highlights the importance of increasing the college graduation rates of Latino students as part of a national strategy to increase educational attainment. It provides recommendations to college leaders and policymakers on providing support services to non-traditional college students. Download the press release.

This paper, released by Single Stop with the Coalition for Access and Opportunity, discusses how data sharing between different government programs and with community-based organizations can streamline the steps needed for individuals to gain access to benefit programs and stay enrolled.

This paper from the Coalition for Access and Opportunity, highlights the ways in which federal policymakers states across the country are modernizing eligibility determination for public benefits by using existing data sources and sophisticated information technology. Click here for the toolkit.

This paper from the Coalition for Access and Opportunity examines the opportunities for state health and human services integration under the Affordable Care Act and outlines ways in which states can build modernized systems and improve efficiency in order to better serve clients.

  • The Health and Human Service Integration Opportunity Toolkit: Enhanced Funding to Support Eligibility System (Coalition for Access and Opportunity, October 2011)

The documents in the toolkit provide an overview of the funding opportunities for the development of state health care exchanges and eligibility systems under the Affordable Care Act:

o    What’s in the Affordable Care Act?

o    Short List of Opportunities

o    Five Reasons to Integrate Human Services into Health Care Reform Now

 

Comments, Letters, and Testimony

Single Stop regularly submits comments and letters on legislation related to college completion and improving access to resources for low-income families:

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