• Description

Since creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in 1996 (and even before then in some states) states have greatly restructured their welfare programs to move families from welfare to work. The entitlement to cash assistance, in effect for more than 60 years, has been eliminated. Instead, states and counties have received broad flexibility under TANF to help low-income families with children move to self-sufficiency. These policy choices, as highlighted here, will significantly affect society's ability to address the needs of low-income families.