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Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2008

Gretchen Rowe, Mary Murphy
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Document date: November 01, 2009
Released online: November 16, 2009

Abstract

The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2008, as well as longitudinal tables describing selected state policies from 1996 through 2008. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a publicly available, online database tracking state cash assistance policies over time and across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Databook summarizes a subset of the information in the WRD. Users interested in a greater level of detail are encouraged to use the full database, available at http://anfdata.urban.org/wrd.

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Introduction

This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2008, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for select years between 1996 and 2008. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

The Databook is divided into five groups of tables: initial eligibility in 2008; benefits in 2008; requirements in 2008; ongoing eligibility in 2008; and policies across time, 1996–2008. Each chapter begins with an overview of the policies, followed by details relating to specific tables.

The Databook summarizes the detailed information in the WRD. Users interested in a greater level of detail are encouraged to use the full database, available at http://anfdata.urban.org/wrd. This site includes a point-and-click interface, as well as documentation.

The following sections discuss the background and structure of the WRD, and the contents and structure of the tables in this book.

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Topics/Tags: | Poverty, Assets and Safety Net


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