Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. Rational for Why the Topic Was Chosen

08/28/2002

Transportation is a common barrier to employment and self-sufficiency for TANF recipients. Transportation problems can involve poor public transportation within a respondents area or between the area where a respondent lives and where jobs are located, inadequate access to a car or other vehicle, mechanical problems with that vehicle, or the lack of a current drivers license. Recipients who face transportation problems often show up late for work, a behavior most employers are unsympathetic to. Transportation problems can impede a recipients ability to attend school or training, thereby perpetuating the cycle of unemployment due to lack of work skills, work training, and low education level.

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