Getting By: Economic Rights and Legal Protections for People with Low Income

ISBN : 9780199938513

Helen Hershkoff; Stephen Loffredo
872 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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Getting By offers an integrated, critical account of the federal laws and programs that most directly affect poor and low-income people in the United States-the unemployed, the underemployed, and the low-wage employed, whether working in or outside the home. The central aim is to provide a resource for individuals and groups trying to access benefits, secure rights and protections, and mobilize for economic justice. The topics covered include cash assistance, employment and labor rights, food assistance, health care, education, consumer and banking law, housing assistance, rights in public places, access to justice, and voting rights. This comprehensive volume is appropriate for law school and undergraduate courses, and is a vital resource for policy makers, journalists, and others interested in social welfare policy in the United States.


Chapter 1. Cash Assistance
Chapter 2. Work-Related Benefits and Employment Protections
Chapter 3. Food Assistance
Chapter 4. Health
Chapter 5. Education
Chapter 6. Consumer Rights and Credit Protection
Chapter 7. Housing
Chapter 8. Rights in Public Spaces
Chapter 9. Access to Justice: Enforcing Rights and Securing Protection
Chapter 10. The Right to Vote

About the author: 

Helen Hershkoff is the Herbert M. and Svetlana Wachtell Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at New York University School of Law. Stephen Loffredo is Professor of Law at the City University of New York School of Law.

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