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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Fewer Eligible Families Have Received Cash Assistance Since the 1990s, and the Recessionís Impact on Caseloads Varies by State
Kay E. Brown (au)
Following sweeping changes made to federal welfare policy in 1996 with the creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the number of needy families who received cash assistance fell by more than half to 1.7 million in 2008. Poverty among children also fell from about 21% in 1995 to about 16% in 2000, rising again to 19% in 2008. This report provides info. on the: (1) factors contributing to the decline in the number of families receiving assistance; (2) characteristics of participating and non-participating eligible families; (3) impact of higher participation in TANF cash assistance on child poverty; and (4) changes states are experiencing in caseloads and spending in the current recession. Charts and tables.
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