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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Eligibility and Benefit Amounts in State TANF Cash Assistance Programs

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Eligibility and Benefit Amounts in State TANF Cash Assistance Programs

Date: July 22, 2014
Creator: Falk, Gene
Description: This report describes state the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial eligibility rules and maximum benefit amounts. The report discusses cash assistance benefit amounts for needy families that are not automatically adjusted for inflation by the states, and have lost considerable value in terms of their purchasing power over time.
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Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Date: September 6, 2012
Creator: McCarty, Maggie; Falk, Gene; Aussenberg, Randy Alison & Carpenter, David H.
Description: Report that describes and compares the drug- and crime-related policy restrictions contained in selected federal programs that provide assistance to low-income individuals and families: the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), and the three primary federal housing assistance programs (the public housing program, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, and the project-based Section 8 rental assistance program).
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Job Training: Characteristics of Workforce Training Participants

Job Training: Characteristics of Workforce Training Participants

Date: April 12, 2001
Creator: Lordeman, Ann
Description: None
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New Welfare Law: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

New Welfare Law: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

Date: November 21, 1996
Creator: Burke, Vee; Richardson, Joe; Solomon-Fears, Carmen; Spar, Karen & Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Trends in Welfare, Work and the Economic Well-Being of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2000

Trends in Welfare, Work and the Economic Well-Being of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2000

Date: December 21, 2001
Creator: Gabe, Thomas
Description: None
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Welfare Reform: TANF Activities to Reduce Nonmarital Pregnancy

Welfare Reform: TANF Activities to Reduce Nonmarital Pregnancy

Date: December 18, 2001
Creator: Ehrhardt, Britt & Spar, Karen
Description: None
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Human Services Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Human Services Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Date: February 23, 2009
Creator: Falk, Gene; Lynch, Karen E.; Solomon-Fears, Carmen; Perl, Libby; Richardson, Joe & Spar, Karen
Description: This report discusses provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for selected human services programs. The selected programs generally are those that provide benefits and services to families with children, though some programs (e.g., the Community Services Block Grant) provide services to other families as well. All of the programs discussed in this report are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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Child Welfare Issues in the 110th Congress

Child Welfare Issues in the 110th Congress

Date: February 26, 2008
Creator: Stoltzfus, Emilie
Description: As the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted, states have the primary obligation to ensure child welfare. However, Congress provides significant federal funds to help states exercise this responsibility ($7.9 billion appropriated in FY2008). Most of this support is provided for children who are in foster care and who meet specific federal eligibility criteria. This report discusses the federal framework for child welfare policy; reviews the scope of activities, and children and families served, by state child welfare agencies; summarizes several child welfare-related hearings that were held in 2007; describes child welfare and related legislative proposals that have been introduced in the 110th Congress; and reviews child welfare programs for which funding authorization has expired or is set to expire on the last day of FY2008.
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Child Welfare Issues in the 110th Congress

Child Welfare Issues in the 110th Congress

Date: June 17, 2008
Creator: Stoltzfus, Emilie
Description: As the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted, states have the primary obligation to ensure child welfare. However, Congress provides significant federal funds to help states exercise this responsibility ($7.9 billion appropriated in FY2008). Most of this support is provided for children who are in foster care and who meet specific federal eligibility criteria. This report discusses the federal framework for child welfare policy; reviews the scope of activities, and children and families served, by state child welfare agencies; summarizes several child welfare-related hearings that were held in 2007; describes child welfare and related legislative proposals that have been introduced in the 110th Congress; and reviews child welfare programs for which funding authorization has expired or is set to expire on the last day of FY2008.
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Child Welfare: FY2013 Budget Request of the President and FY2013 Funding

Child Welfare: FY2013 Budget Request of the President and FY2013 Funding

Date: June 27, 2013
Creator: Stoltzfus, Emilie
Description: This report begins with an overview of the purpose for which child welfare funds are appropriated. The report discusses FY2013 appropriations for those programs, including the effect of the automatic spending cuts, know as sequestration.
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Contractor Fraud Against the Federal Government: Selected Federal Civil Remedies

Contractor Fraud Against the Federal Government: Selected Federal Civil Remedies

Date: April 1, 2014
Creator: Murrill, Brandon J.
Description: This report provides an overview of federal statutes that provide civil remedies for contractor fraud, as well as issues stemming from judicial interpretation of these statutes.
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Poverty: Major Themes in Past Debates and Current Proposals

Poverty: Major Themes in Past Debates and Current Proposals

Date: September 18, 2014
Creator: Falk, Gene & Spar, Karen
Description: This report begins with an overview of trends affecting both the incidence of poverty and characteristics of the population, and highlights changing perceptions of the poor and causes of poverty. The report then provides a short history of key federal policies enacted over the past century to address poverty. To provide a framework for analyzing current and future proposals, the report then presents several overarching themes that have recurred in poverty policy debates over the course of this history.
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How Medicaid Works - Program Basics

How Medicaid Works - Program Basics

Date: March 16, 2005
Creator: Herz, Elicia J; Hearne, Jean P; Stone-Axelrad, Julie; Tritz, Karen; Baumrucker, Evelyne P; Scott, Christine et al.
Description: None
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A Concise History of the Food Stamp Program

A Concise History of the Food Stamp Program

Date: November 16, 1979
Creator: Richardson, Joe
Description: The Food Stamp Program has undergone a number of major changes since its modern version was established in 1961. It is now one of the largest "welfare" programs and provides an income supplement to the food-purchasing power of more than 18 million persons each month, at a cost of nearly $7 billion annually. This report traces the history of the program from 1961 through 1979, with an emphasis on how program rules, philosophy, participation, and costs have changed over the years.
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A Concise History of the Food Stamp Program

A Concise History of the Food Stamp Program

Date: November 16, 1979
Creator: Richardson, Joe
Description: The Food Stamp Program has undergone a number of major changes since its modern version was established in 1961. It is now one of the largest "welfare" programs and provides an income supplement to the food-purchasing power of more than 18 million persons each month, at a cost of nearly $7 billion annually. This report traces the history of the program from 1961 through 1979, with an emphasis on how program rules, philosophy, participation, and costs have changed over the years.
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Medicaid: A Fact Sheet

Medicaid: A Fact Sheet

Date: July 7, 2003
Creator: Hearne, Jean P
Description: None
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Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Date: December 18, 1997
Creator: Vialet, Joyce & Eig, Larry M
Description: This report discusses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which affected alien eligibility for federal, state, and local government assistance programs, both imposing and broadening restrictions on a number of immigration benefits and programs.
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Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Date: July 22, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce & Eig, Larry M
Description: This report discusses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which affected alien eligibility for federal, state, and local government assistance programs, both imposing and broadening restrictions on a number of immigration benefits and programs.
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The Homeless Management Information System

The Homeless Management Information System

Date: November 21, 2005
Creator: Perl, Libby
Description: None
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How Medicaid Works: Program Basics

How Medicaid Works: Program Basics

Date: February 7, 2004
Creator: Herz, Elicia J; Hearne, Jean P; Stone-Axelrad, Julie; Tritz, Karen; Baumrucker, Evelyne P; Scott, Christine et al.
Description: None
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Medicaid: 105th Congress

Medicaid: 105th Congress

Date: February 4, 1998
Creator: Ford, Melvina; Price, Richard J & Neisner, Jennifer A
Description: None
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Progress Against Poverty (1959-1983): The Recent Poverty Debate

Progress Against Poverty (1959-1983): The Recent Poverty Debate

Date: June 7, 1985
Creator: Gabe, Thomas
Description: None
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The Homeless: Overview of the Problem and the Federal Response

The Homeless: Overview of the Problem and the Federal Response

Date: September 14, 1984
Creator: Spar, Karen & Austin, Monique C.
Description: This report discusses the problem of homelessness in the U.S. and the resulting policy response. Unlike the skid row "derelicts" who comprised the typical homeless population of the 1960s, today's street people represent many diverse groups including: the mentally ill, evicted families, the aged, alcoholics, drug addicts, abused spouses, abused young people, and cast-off children.
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Medicaid Issues for the 109th Congress

Medicaid Issues for the 109th Congress

Date: October 20, 2005
Creator: Hearne, Jean P
Description: This report provides background information for medicaid reforms and discuses proposals for reform.
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