ERIC Number: ED468548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Responsibility and Risk: TANF Reauthorization Creates an Opportunity for Needed Improvements.
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.
This report presents data from research on New York state and city compliance with changes in federal welfare laws. It outlines how children and families are faring after 5 years of welfare reform (e.g., caseloads have dropped, but child poverty persists, families leave welfare for low paying jobs and unstable work, and family homelessness is rising dramatically). It examines state and city welfare policy changes and discusses challenges to reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant. It recommends changes to the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) that will help families move off of welfare and maintain stable employment (e.g., Congress and the President should maintain the current TANF Block Grant allocation to the states, at level funding and indexed for inflation, and they should amend federal PRWORA to cover legal immigrants). Finally, the report includes recommendations for changes to city and state policy and family support in maintaining employment and gaining financial stability (e.g., the Eligibility Verification Review process should be eased so families are not erroneously removed from the welfare rolls when still in need of assistance, and New York City and state should provide a baby bond to every child). (SM)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Child Welfare, Employment Opportunities, Family Income, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Poverty, State Government, Urban Areas, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc., 105 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010 ($15). Tel: 212-673-1800; Web site: http://www.kfny.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families