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tracking what’s changing for welfare, women and children

Moving Off TANF slows nationwide

The Urban Institute has released a new report that shows the move from federal public aid to self-sufficiency has slowed down over the last decade.

The study says, between 1997 and 2002, the percentage of people who left welfare because they entered the workforce declined from 70 to 56 percent.

The findings detail that in 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) emphasized hard work and temporary dependence on public assistance for persons on welfare. Caseloads fell dramatically in the 90s. But the study shows that the remaining families on welfare — bogged down in an overburdened system — seem to stuck on slow.

TANF Caseload Compition and Leavers Synthesis Report (it’s a big PDF, click wisely)

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October 15, 2007 Posted by | News & Numbers | , , , | Leave a comment