ERIC Number: ED193384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Income and Benefit Receipt Among Michigan AFDC Families. Studies in Welfare Policy Number 13.
Swanson, Robert W.; And Others
In an effort to analyze the patterns of income and benefit receipt among Michigan Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients, this study examined a sample of cases for 21 different types of welfare and non-welfare income sources. The results showed an interaction among the various income sources and showed they can have an effect upon the income status of AFDC recipients. Major findings of the study included (1) the typical AFDC case was a single-parent, female-headed family averaging 3.4 members with an annual income of $6,012 derived from AFDC payments and a variety of other earned and non-earned sources, (2) most typically, the families received AFDC alone or in combination with Medicaid and/or Food Stamps, (3) alternative definitions of income yielded alternative estimates of the degree of poverty of the recipients, (4) in-kind benefits (such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, and day care) were found to be less efficient means of assistance then cash payments, and (5) there is a dramatic need for consolidation or coordination of existing welfare programs. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Social Services, Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children