The Impact of Welfare Reform in a Nutshell

The Impact of Welfare Reform in a Nutshell

Date: 
April 1, 2012

In 1996 the federal government enacted “welfare reform” legislation eliminating “welfare as we know it” by replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children or “AFDC” with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or “TANF” as the national welfare program for families with children.  Since its inception in 1996 to the present, TANF has continuously shrunk the share of poor families aided by the program.  Benefit amounts, already quite meager even prior to welfare reform, have fallen further below the official poverty level. Read the report in the link below.

Author(s): 
Tim Casey

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