- Health problems and educational deficits were common among respondents.
Approximately one-third of respondents could be categorized as having a mental health problem, and nearly a quarter reported a physical health problem (Table ES-1). In addition, one in seven reported that they were caring for a child or other family member who had a health problem or other special need.
- Many of the TANF recipients also had situational or logistical problems that were potential barriers to employment.
Approximately one-third of the survey respondents reported that transportation problems were a barrier to employment, education, or job training in the past year (Table ES-1), and a quarter reported that child care had been a barrier. Almost half of the respondents reported one or more neighborhood problems, such as high unemployment, crime, and/or drug use, and over 20% reported unstable housing in the past year.
|Physical health problem||22|
|Mental health problem||32|
|Child or other family member with health problem or need||14|
|Severe physical domestic violence in the past year||15|
|Signs of a possible learning disability||12|
|Human Capital Liabilities||Percent|
|Did not complete high school or GED||38|
|Experience with fewer than four common job tasks||24|
|Logistical and Situational Challenges||Percent|
|Transportation barrier in past year||31|
|Child care barrier in past year||25|
|Unstable housing in past year||22|
|One or more neighborhood problems||49|