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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How we experienced a landmark shift in welfare policy in 1996.
The highlights of the Minnesota Family Investment Program.
Early research stemming from the Assessing the New Federalism project.
An overview of Milwaukee’s antipoverty program, New Hope.
This edition of AdvoCasey examines the ripple of changes sparked by the landmark federal welfare law of 1996. Readers will learn about an array of financial incentive programs — in both the United States and Canada — that are helping welfare recipients secure work and bigger paychecks. A smaller story reviews one of America’s most effective anti-poverty programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit.
AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families. Table of Contents
Introducing one of the most ambitious and successful welfare reform initiatives of the 1990s
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) enables welfare recipients to mix earnings and public assistance while requiring them to participate in training and job-related activities. One early review of the program found that it boosted earnings and employment gains among long-term welfare recipients relative to a control group receiving support through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.
Findings & Stats
A Weak Link
Among long-term welfare recipients in rural areas, MFIP failed to generate lasting positive gains in either employment or earnings.
A Downward Trend
Welfare rolls nationwide are at their lowest level since 1969. The number of recipients has fallen 49% since 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A Boost Among Boys
The New Hope project didn’t just help families earn more — it produced substantial positive impacts on the behavior and classroom skills of boys being raised in poverty.
Statements & Quotations
There is growing evidence that such financial incentives really can deliver on their hoped for goals of stimulating work effort, reducing poverty and enhancing family well-being.
The New Hope Project made a straightforward offer to all poor adults living in two distressed neighborhoods: If you are willing to work full time, we will help you lift yourself out of poverty.
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