ERIC Number: ED439779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Living with Welfare Reform: A Survey of Low Income Families in Illinois.
Illinois Univ., Chicago. Center for Urban Economic Development.; Work, Welfare, and Families, Chicago, IL.; Chicago Urban League, IL.
In 1998, the Illinois statewide coalition Work, Welfare and Families, in partnership with the Chicago Urban League, undertook a study to assess the effects of welfare reform on low-income families and children across Illinois. The findings were derived from three sources: a self-administered survey of 2,166 low-income clients of Illinois social service agencies, data obtained from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and participants in a series of focus groups conducted around the state. Key findings included the following: (1) the inability to find jobs and child care are the leading reasons for not working; (2) recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) use of the child care subsidy is increasing; (3) most families leaving TANF continue to live below the federal poverty level; (4) former TANF clients generally work in low-wage jobs, often without benefits; (5) many TANF clients report having had cuts in benefits to which they remained entitled; (6) the availability of child care, transportation, and jobs is crucial to move people off welfare; (7) more education has a strong relational impact on wages, benefits, and job retention; (8) clients who lost TANF benefits experience extreme hardship; (9) the service planning process needs improvement--the most common unmet needs appear to be child care and housing assistance; (10) utilization of supportive benefits and resources for low-income families has decreased; and (11) entry-level job availability is a major factor in reducing TANF caseloads. (Survey is included.) (EV)
Descriptors: Economic Status, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, State Surveys, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Work, Welfare and Families, 14 East Jackson Boulevard, 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604. Tel: 312-986-4220; Fax: 312-986-4166. For full text: http://www.workwelfareandfamilies.org/research.html.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago. Center for Urban Economic Development.; Work, Welfare, and Families, Chicago, IL.; Chicago Urban League, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families