ERIC Number: ED473311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Reform: Former TANF Recipients with Impairments Less Likely To Be Employed and More Likely To Receive Federal Supports. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Research was conducted to find out the following: (1) whether welfare recipients with impairments (or their able-bodied parents, if they are children) were as likely to exit Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) as are their counterparts without impairments, and 2) the sources of income reported by leavers with and without impairments. Data derived from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation, including interviews relating to disabilities. Forty-four percent of TANF recipients reported having at least one impairment, caring for an impaired child, or both, as compared to only 15 percent of the non-TANF population. Although impairments affect exits, other factors, such as family support, personal motivation, and local TANF policy, may also affect whether recipients exit TANF. After leaving TANF, people with impairments were one-third as likely to be employed than those without impairments and more likely to receive federal supports such as food stamps, and Supplemental Security Income. (There are seven tables and figures. The research scope and methodology and comments from the Department of Health and Human Services are appended. The bibliography lists 21 references.) (AJ)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Education, Adults, Agency Role, Assistive Technology, Child Care, Children, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Economically Disadvantaged, Eligibility, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Income, Job Placement, Labor Turnover, Low Income Groups, Participation, Secondary Education, Supported Employment, Unemployment, Wages, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015. Web site: http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount). For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03210.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families