Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is Known About Families Disconnected from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program?

01/01/2014

The purpose of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund Research Synthesis Project was to inform research planning and support evidence-based decision making related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund programs. This study synthesized current research and knowledge about how families are disconnected from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, defined the various terminology used to discuss it, and identified possible areas for future research.

Estimates of the share of low-income single mothers disconnected from work and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ranged from 20 to 25 percent. Eighty-two percent of disconnected low-income single mother families live in poverty compared to 54 percent of all low-income single mother families. Eleven percent of spells of disconnection started due to loss of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and 5 percent due to loss of SSI.

 

Report Title: Disconnected Families and TANF, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/disconnected.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Schmitt, 202-401-5786
Performer: The Urban Institute
Record ID: 9685 (December 15, 2011)

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