ERIC Number: ED465064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-22
Reference Count: N/A
Improving TANF Program Outcomes for Families with Barriers to Employment.
A significant number of current and former Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients have various barriers to finding and maintaining employment. Among the most common barriers are physical and mental health problems, domestic violence, low skill levels, lack of adequate or affordable housing, and limited proficiency in English. Research has shown that recipients with work barriers are less likely to find jobs, have lower earnings on average, and are more likely to lose assistance because of a sanction for program noncompliance than families without barriers. Poor outcomes are especially likely for families that experience more than one barrier to employment. Welfare reauthorization offers an opportunity to improve services and outcomes for these disadvantaged families. Changes that could be made to TANF to improve program outcomes for families with work barriers are allowing states to count individuals placed in "barrier removal" activities toward the federal work participation rates; developing sanction procedures that address barriers and increase compliance; improving service delivery for families with barriers; giving states flexibility to grant extensions; and funding innovative strategies to improve employment outcomes for recipients with barriers. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Employment, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, Success, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
For full text: http://www.cbpp.org/1-22-02tanf3.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.; Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families