Welfare-to-Work

Report

A Synthesis of Research

February, 2009
David H. Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, Gayle Hamilton

Most welfare programs seek to ensure that poor families have adequate income while at the same time encouraging self-sufficiency. Based on studies of 28 programs involving more than 100,000 sample members, this synthesis compares the costs, benefits, and returns on investment of six welfare program strategies – from the perspectives of participants, government budgets, and society as a whole.

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Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods

August, 2005
Denise Polit, Laura Nelson, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, David Seith

Welfare caseloads fell, employment increased, and neighborhood conditions improved in Los Angeles during a period of economic growth and welfare reform. However, most welfare recipients still remained poor, the concentration of poverty increased, and those who worked were usually in low-wage jobs without benefits.

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