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Title: The Transportation Needs and Behavior of Welfare Participants in Fresno County

Author(s): Blumenberg, Evelyn, with Peter Haas

Published: 2002 by U.S. FHWA Report FHWA/CA/OR-2001023. San Jose, CA: Mineta Transportation Institute. 185 pages

Online Access: http://transweb.sjsu.edu/mtiportal/research/publications/documents/01-23.pdf

Abstract: The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 fundamentally transformed the provision of social assistance in the United States. Gone is Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), a program that entitled needy families with children to an array of benefits and public services. In its place is Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a program that abolishes federal entitlements, provides flexible block grants to the states, mandates tough new work requirements, and imposes a five-year lifetime limit on the receipt of public assistance. Current welfare programs mandate employment for most recipients and offer temporary financial aid and short-term employment assistance to help recipients transition into the labor market. As a result of this fundamental restructuring of the U.S. welfare system, millions of welfare recipients are required to enter the paid labor market. Public agencies must establish programs to transition recipients into the labor market or risk dramatic increases in poverty rates. A growing number of studies suggest that reliable transportation-whether automobiles or public transit-is essential to linking welfare participants to employment opportunities.

Category: Transportation Access and Equity      Transportation, Employment, and Poverty     

See other articles by the author(s): Evelyn A. Blumenberg Peter Haas

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