ERIC Number: ED412334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Realities and Choices: Helping States Enhance Family Economic Security.
This document, which is designed to help state administrators and legislators formulate policies enhancing family economic security, summarizes research findings regarding barriers to economic self-sufficiency and policies used by various states to improve poor family's available work opportunities and economic security. Discussed in the document's three sections are the following: barriers to employment and self-sufficiency (lack of health care coverage; lack of affordable, available, and reliable child care; lack of education and job skills needed for employment; lack of jobs with adequate income); state choices for improving work opportunities (providing health care coverage, maximizing child care resources, meeting the work participation requirement, opting out of required community service participation, providing assistance beyond block grant time limits, setting aside additional funds in carry-over accounts); and state choices that increase income and assets (disregarding earnings in determining benefit levels, using asset allowances in determining eligibility). Appended are facts about poor families and public assistance and experiences of past welfare-to-work programs and a 13-item list of resources about additional provisions in the new welfare law. The document contains 41 references and fact sheets on welfare-to-work issues and 20 questions for assessing block grant-funded state welfare programs' impact on families' economic viability. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Block Grants, Comparative Analysis, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Economic Factors, Economic Impact, Economic Status, Educational Needs, Employment Level, Family Financial Resources, Family Income, Family Needs, Federal Legislation, Health Insurance, Job Skills, Policy Formation, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Welfare Recipients, Working Poor
Center of Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition Policy, Tufts School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Medford, MA 02155 ($8).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy.