TANF and Work Support Services: On the Job in Greater Philadelphia
April 18–20, 2001
Lisa Sprague, MBA & Randy A. Desonia
This site visit looked at programs in the greater Philadelphia area to move welfare recipients into employment and support services aimed at keeping them employed. Four years after implementation of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, welfare caseloads were much reduced, but challenges remained. Pennsylvania officials described their plans to assist beneficiaries who would reach their five-year lifetime cash assistance limit beginning in 2002. Site visitors met with state and county assistance office staff, employers, consumer advocates, and employment and training contractors. They participated in discussions of how work support services, such as medical assistance, child care, and transportation assistance, were delivered and the policy issues surrounding them.
For details on participants' impressions, see the Site Visit Report.