National Evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work Grants Program: Final Report

09/01/2004

This is the final report produced under the National Evaluation of the DOL Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Grants Program. The WtW grants program was a large, federally-funded effort to help the most disadvantaged welfare recipients leave the welfare rolls and become employed. As part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress provided $3 billion for WtW programs, eventually distributed to over 700 state and local grantees through competitive formula grants. The intent of the grants program, administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), was to supplement the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grants to states. This report is the final in a series from HHS' congressionally mandated evaluation of the WtW program; it summarizes findings form earlier evaluation reports and presents new findings on enrollees' outcomes two years after entry into WtW programs in 11 study sites (Baltimore County, MD; Ft. Worth, TX; Philadelphia, PA; 29 counties in WV; Boston, MA; Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix, AZ; Yakima, WA; Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; and St. Lucie County, FL).

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