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Who is using welfare today? The Life On Welfare series examines aspects of the active TANF caseload in Maryland, including studies on the characteristics of families who are receiving benefits and whether and how the profile of active cases changes over time. The reports in the series are based on administrative data from TANF cases that in Maryland that are active in the month of October each year.

Reports are free of charge, and may be downloaded from this page.

Click here for Life On Welfare Special Issues.

Life on Welfare: Temporary Cash Assistance Families & Recipients, 2015 & 2016
(July 2017)
  During each of the State Fiscal Years (SFYs) between 2016 and 2019, we will provide a jurisdictional summary of the adults who receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA). Six different jurisdictions will be highlighted in each year.


Life on Welfare: Temporary Cash Assistance Families & Recipients, 2015 & 2016
(March 2017) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli & Letitia Logan Passarella
  This brief profiles families who received cash assistance in state fiscal years 2015 and 2016. In particular, the brief provides information about case characteristics as well as adult recipientsí demographics and work histories.

Life on Welfare: Temporary Cash Assistance Families & Recipients, 2016 Jurisdictional Profiles
(March 2017) Natalie Demyan & Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli
  This document includes one-page profiles of families who received cash assistance in state fiscal year 2016 in each of Marylandís 24 jurisdictions.

Life on Welfare: Trends in the 2014 TCA Caseload
(February, 2016) Lauren A. Hall and Letitia Logan Passarella
  This report profiles cases that received Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA, Marylandís TANF program) in October 2014. In addition to providing information about clientsí demographic characteristics, past participation in TCA, and employment histories, we examine trends in the TCA caseload between October 2010 and October 2014.

Life on Welfare: Trends in the 2013 TCA Caseload
(May, 2015) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli and Kari O'Donnell
  This report profiles cases that received Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA, Marylandís TANF program) in October 2013. We provide information about clientsí demographic characteristics, past participation in TCA, and employment histories. Furthermore, we also examine how these characteristics have changed since October 2009.

Life on Welfare: Trends in the 2012 TCA Caseload
(May 2014) Elizabeth Gleason, Lisa Nicoli, & Catherine E. Born
  This installment of the Life on Welfare series describes the October 2012 TCA caseload. In addition to providing information about clientsí demographic characteristics, program participation, and employment histories, we examine trends in the TCA caseload between 2008 and 2012.

October 2011 - Life on Welfare: Trends in the TCA Caseload since the Great Recession
(November, 2012) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, Letitia Logan Passarella, Catherine E. Born
  This report provides a profile of the cases that were receiving Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA, Marylandís TANF program) in October 2011. The authors also document trends in the caseload throughout the Great Recession and its sluggish recovery.

Additionally, there are briefs profiling the October 2011 TCA caseload in each of Marylandís 24 jurisdictions. (March 2014) Kari OíDonnell, Letitia Logan Passarella, Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli


Life on Welfare: Temporary Cash Assistance Families & Recipients, 2015 & 2016
(March 2017) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli & Letitia Logan Passarella
  This brief profiles families who received cash assistance in state fiscal years 2015 and 2016. In particular, the brief provides information about case characteristics as well as adult recipientsí demographics and work histories.

Life on Welfare: Temporary Cash Assistance Families & Recipients, 2016 Jurisdictional Profiles
(March 2017) Natalie Demyan & Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli
  This document includes one-page profiles of families who received cash assistance in state fiscal year 2016 in each of Marylandís 24 jurisdictions.

October 2009 - Life on Welfare: Characteristics of Marylandís TCA Caseload Since DRA
(October 2010) Sarah Williamson, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born
  This report seeks to provide both a profile of the active Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA, Marylandís TANF program) caseload in October 2009, as well as an analysis of how the caseload has changed over time, beginning in October 2006, when the DRA was implemented.

October 2008 - Life on Welfare: TANF Entrants
(March 2010) Correne Saunders, Danielle Young, Catherine E. Born
  This report provides a snapshot of TANF entrants who began receiving TCA in October 2008, approximately 11 months into the economic recession.

October 2007 - Life on Welfare: A Comparisonof Work Participation Groups
(January 2010) Correne Saunders, Danielle Young, Catherine E. Born
 This report provides a snapshot of the October 2007 Maryland cash assistance caseload, comparing the characteristics of caseheads and cases who would have been included in the denominator or baseline calculation of the stateís work participation rate versus those who would have been excluded.

October 2006 - Life On Welfare: Characteristics and Outcomesof Maryland's TCA Caseload
(April 2009) Correne Saunders, Nick Kolupanowich, Catherine E. Born
 This report provides a snapshot of the October 2006 Maryland cash assistance caseload, a vital month that marks the effective date of many of the DRA requirements and the 10th anniversary of PRWORA.

October 2005 - Life On Welfare: A Snapshot of the Active TCA Caseloadin October 2005
(December 2006) Correne Saunders, Pamela C. Ovwigho, Catherine E. Born
  For states to meet the new challenges resulting from the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), they must be able to accurately assess their caseload, identify which strategies and programs are most appropriate for customersí different situations, and where possible, quickly move families into appropriate activities.Understanding the characteristics and circumstances of the welfare caseload and its different subpopulations is an excellent starting point for these efforts. To that end, this report, the third bi-annual report in the University of Maryland School of Social Workís Life on Welfare series, presents a profile of Marylandís TANF caseload.

October 2003 - Life On Welfare: A Snapshot of the Active TCA Caseload in October 2003
(April 2005) Andrea Hetling, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born
  A follow-up to the Snapshot from October 2001.

October 2001 - Life On Welfare: A Snapshot of the Active TCA Caseload in October 2001
(April 2003) Catherine E. Born, Andrea Hetling-Wernyj, Darren Lacey, Kirk Tracy
  There is widespread belief that today's on-welfare families are "hard-to-serve." This study indicates that today's caseload is more likely "different to serve" in some respects.






   
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