Research Report A Descriptive Study of County- versus State-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs
OPRE Report 2015-42
Heather Hahn, David Kassabian, Lina Breslav
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One-half of all families receiving TANF cash assistance live in states with county-administered TANF programs. But what does “county-administered” mean? States do not report details about how counties administer TANF, but these details and their differences from state-administered programs, have implications for federal policies, regulations, and technical assistance. This report closely examines the TANF programs in four states with county-administered systems (California, Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota) and provides detailed information on TANF administration in selected counties in these states. The report also identifies differences between county- and state-administered TANF programs and describes the technical assistance needs of county-administered programs.
Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Poverty Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs State programs, budgets
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population