Research Report Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2017
Christine Heffernan, Ben Goehring, Ian Hecker, Linda Giannarelli, Sarah Minton
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The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2017, as well as longitudinal tables describing selected state policies from 1996 through 2017. 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

Research Areas Families Social safety net Workforce
Tags Families with low incomes Workforce development Poverty Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being State programs, budgets
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center