General Assistance (GA) programs are cash and in-kind assistance programs financed and administered entirely by the state, county, or locality in which they operate. This report, based on a survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, provides an overview of states' GA programs as of the summer of 1998. Tables describe policy choices made by states and counties. In addition, this report provides caseload and expenditure data where available and addresses major changes in GA programs since the passage of federal welfare reform in the summer of 1996.
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