A Deadly Poverty Trap: Asset Limits in the Time of the Coronavirus – Center for American Progress

Altirafi, Azza

As the COVID-19 pandemic triggers unprecedented economic turmoil, lawmakers, economists, and advocates are renewing calls to eliminate asset tests in public assistance programs. These tests—which require applicants and beneficiaries to have resources below a certain threshold in order to qualify for benefits—trap people in a state of economic precarity and have been particularly harmful for people with disabilities, whose economic condition has generally declined since the 1970s.