Projects

State Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Case Studies

2018-2021

Project Overview

Objective

To expand the knowledge base of innovative approaches to supporting employment for people with low incomes.

Project Motivation

Achieving financial stability can be challenging for people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and for others with low income. These individuals may face serious barriers to employment, such as limited education, a limited work history, or health issues. This project developed descriptive case studies of nine innovative state and local programs that aim to support these individuals.

Partners in Progress

MEF Associates

Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

The State TANF Case Studies project explores innovative approaches to supporting employment for people with low income.

The State TANF Case Studies project sought to expand the knowledge base of innovative approaches to support employment in states and localities by providing descriptive case studies of programs that help disadvantaged populations, including TANF recipients, prepare for and engage in work and increase their overall stability. The programs were chosen through a scan of the field and discussions with stakeholders. The project team conducted site visits to each selected program to better understand the programs, their staff and operations, the populations they serve, and innovative approaches they use to serve their participants. Selected programs support the employment of people with low income through one or more of four main approaches: (1) providing wraparound supports, (2) offering full-family transitional housing and supports, (3) delivering employment-based interventions, and (4) convening collaborative community initiatives.

The nine featured programs are:

  • Business Link in New York, New York
  • Climb Wyoming
  • Community Action Organization of Scioto County, Ohio
  • Community Caring Collaborative in Washington County, Maine
  • Kentucky Targeted Assessment Program
  • New Moms in Chicago, Illinois
  • `Ohana Nui – Family Assessment Centers in Honolulu, Hawai`i
  • Rhode Island Works
  • Solutions for Change in Northern San Diego County, California

Explore case studies of these programs in Evidence and Insights below.

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Linda  Rosenberg

Linda Rosenberg

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Katie Eddins

Katie Eddins

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Pamela Holcomb

Pamela Holcomb

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Lindsay Ochoa

Lindsay Ochoa

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Julia Lyskawa

Julia Lyskawa

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Kristen  Joyce

Kristen Joyce

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