ERIC Number: ED466755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-10
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Reform: States Provide TANF-Funded Work Support Services to Many Low-Income Families Who Do Not Receive Cash Assistance. Testimony [before the] Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate.
Fagnoni, Cynthia M.
Information was collected on three issues related to the extent to which states use welfare dollars to provide work support and other services to welfare recipients and other low-income families. They were: extent of caseload decline since welfare reform was implemented and status of families who have left welfare; extent to which states spend Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and maintenance-of-effort (MOE) funds for cash assistance and noncash services and how this compares to welfare spending in fiscal year 1995; and extent to which states use TANF and MOE funds to provide services to low-incomes families not included in the reported welfare caseload. Findings indicated, as states implemented work-focused reforms during a period of strong economic growth, cash assistance caseloads dropped by more than 50 percent from 1996 through mid-2001. Focus of welfare spending shifted from monthly cash payments to services. States provided more work support services for welfare families and offered many services to low-income families not receiving welfare. At least 46 percent more families than were reflected in the TANF caseload data received a service funded with TANF/MOE dollars. Appendixes include the basis for the estimate of families receiving services and data on families receiving services. (Contains 18 footnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Low Income Groups, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families