ERIC Number: ED467886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Time Limits: State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families.
Bloom, Dan; Farrell, Mary; Fink, Barbara
The effect of welfare time limits on families in different states was examined in a comprehensive study that involved the following activities: (1) a survey of state welfare administrators regarding states' time-limit policies and experiences to date; (2) site visits to five states; and (3) a synthesis of research on time limits. The following were among the key findings: (1) states have developed widely varying approaches to time limits; (2) although all states provide exemptions or extensions from their time limits for certain groups of families, the policies differ dramatically from state to state; (3) of the approximately 231,000 families that have reached the federal time limit or a shorter state time limit, at least 93,000 have had their case closed at a time limit and approximately 38,000 have had their benefits reduced; and (5) although homelessness has been rare among time-limit leavers, levels of food insecurity and other hardships such as utility shutoffs have been high. The following items are appended: supplemental data from surveys of states; profiles of selected states discussed in the study report; background information on leaver studies cited in the report; and a list of 48 additional reports and studies. (Contains 11 figures, 28 tables, and 40 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Disqualification, Economic Impact, Eligibility, Employment Patterns, Family Life, Family Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Federal Legislation, Glossaries, Homeless People, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Poverty, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Qualifications, Quality of Life, Social Science Research, State Action, State Agencies, State Regulation, Trend Analysis, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, NY 10016. Tel: 212-532-3200; Web site: http://www.mdrc.org. For full text: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2002/welfaretimelimits/wtl_fullreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Louisiana; Massachusetts; New York (New York); South Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families