In every state, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant supports cash assistance and a wide range of other programs and services for low-income children and families. CLASP conducts policy analysis and provides technical assistance on TANF to state and federal officials and administrators, advocacy organizations, grassroots groups, and research entities.
Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Reconnect to Workforce
Stimulating Opportunity, a new report from the Economic Mobility Corporation, highlights the role subsidized employment programs can play in reconnecting long-term unemployed workers to the workforce. This report examines in depth the experiences of workers and employers who participated in subsidized employment programs in five sites under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund. As CLASP documented, between 2009 and 2010, 39 states used TANF Emergency Funds to support subsidized employment opportunities for more than 260,000 workers.
Stimulating Opportunity finds that, even after the subsidy period has ended, subsidized employment can have a significant positive impact on low-income job seekers’ employment and earnings. These effects were largely concentrated among those job seekers who had been unemployed for more than six months prior to starting the program. While comparison group data was only available for one site, Florida, the pattern of employment in other sites appears consistent with these findings. This suggests that, in a period of limited resources, subsidized jobs programs may wish to target participants without recent work experience.
TANF Emergency FundThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created a new TANF Emergency Fund to assist states in expanding services during the recession. READ MORE »
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- Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Nov 12, 2013 Comments on Proposed Revisions to TANF Financial Data Collection (ACF-196R)
- Olivia Golden | Nov 08, 2013 Recommendations to the Congressional Budget Conference Committee
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- Matt Lewis, Elizabeth Kenefick, and Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Oct 11, 2013 Random Drug Testing of TANF Recipients is Costly, Ineffective and Hurts Families
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