Graph of the Day for March 16, 2010

Randall Hoven
"As you know, as a result of sweeping changes made to federal welfare policy in 1996... welfare changed from a program entitling eligible families to monthly cash payments... to a capped block grant that emphasized employment and work supports for most adult participants who receive such assistance....  According to our research, the decline in participation reflected, among other things, families' responses to changes in state welfare programs, including mandatory work activities, declining cash benefit levels, and time limits as well as state diversion strategies and sanctions for non-compliance with work and other program requirements."
Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Families Eligible for and Participating in Welfare Programs


Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Hoven's Index for March 16, 2010


Number of families receiving cash welfare assistance each month in 1995:  4.8 million

In 2008:  1.7 million

Child poverty rate in 1995:  21%

In 2000:  16%

In 2008:  19%

Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Graph of the Day Archive.
"As you know, as a result of sweeping changes made to federal welfare policy in 1996... welfare changed from a program entitling eligible families to monthly cash payments... to a capped block grant that emphasized employment and work supports for most adult participants who receive such assistance....  According to our research, the decline in participation reflected, among other things, families' responses to changes in state welfare programs, including mandatory work activities, declining cash benefit levels, and time limits as well as state diversion strategies and sanctions for non-compliance with work and other program requirements."
Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Families Eligible for and Participating in Welfare Programs


Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Hoven's Index for March 16, 2010


Number of families receiving cash welfare assistance each month in 1995:  4.8 million

In 2008:  1.7 million

Child poverty rate in 1995:  21%

In 2000:  16%

In 2008:  19%

Source:  Government Accountability Office.


Graph of the Day Archive.