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In addition to providing an annual summary report of the active TANF caseload in Maryland, we also occasionally focus in on special topics relevant to that group such as special state programs, the child-only caseload, and the hard-to-serve, among others.

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

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Two-Parent Families & Cash Assistance
(May 2016) Elizabeth Gleason & Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli
  In this brief, we profile October 2014 TCA cases that were designated as two-parent families. In October 2014, two-parent families were 2% of all cases, making them a small but growing part of the TCA caseload. Two-parent families are a distinct population: over half of recipient adults are married, and two-parent families are more likely to have three or more children than other families receiving TCA. In particular, two-parent families have very little prior welfare receipt. Most two-parent families have one employed parent, but two employed parents are not common.

A Profile of TANF Churn in Maryland
(December 2015) Letitia Logan Passarella
  This brief examines all cases that closed and reopened within 30 days during state fiscal year (SFY) 2015. Cases that quickly reopen are referred to as churn cases, and one in seven (14.5%) cases churned during SFY 2015. The two most common reasons for the case closure were the lack of a redetermination for benefits and a work sanction. When customers reopen their cases right away because they have come into compliance with program rules, then churn is appropriate. Inefficiencies arise, however, when churn occurs because customers did not submit paperwork for the redetermination of benefits: customers must complete new applications and caseworkers must process those new applications even though customers remained eligible.

New TANF Entrants: Short-term Outcomes
(January 2015) Kari O'Donnell, Letitia Logan Passarella
  A prior report in the Life on Welfare series found that compared to caseheads who returned to cash assistance in October 2008, new caseheads in that month were younger and less likely to have been employed in the previous year, although they did earn more in that year. This new brief provides outcomes during the four years after these clients began receiving TCA in October 2008 in order to determine whether differences continue. Indeed, we do find difference between these groups in their use of TCA and their employment and earnings.

Caseload Growth in Baltimore County
(July 2014) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, Kari O'Donnell, Letitia Logan Passarella
  A new trend emerged with the increase in Marylandís TCA cases throughout the Great Recession: Baltimore County became the jurisdiction with the second-largest caseload, surpassing Prince Georgeís County. This appears to be a lasting trend, as Baltimore County has had the second-largest caseload since May 2011. Therefore, this report examines the type of cases driving the caseload growth in Baltimore County.

Hispanic Child-Only Cases
(April 2014) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, Letitia Logan Passarella, and Catherine E. Born
  In a previous brief profiling the Hispanic TCA population, we noted that two-thirds of all Hispanic TCA cases do not have an adult included in the assistance unit. This unusually high percentage of child-only cases warrants further investigation, so this brief focuses on child-only cases in the October 2011 caseload, comparing Hispanic and non-Hispanic child-only cases.

Assignment to Education and Training Activities
(January 2013) Letitia Logan Passarella and Catherine E. Born
  Assignments to education and training activities among the welfare caseload nearly tripled between October 2007 and October 2010. This report provides a demographic profile of the caseheads assigned to an education and training activity in October 2010 and also reviews their TCA and employment histories.

Profile of the Hispanic TCA Population
(December 2012) Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, Letitia Logan Passarella, and Catherine E. Born
  This brief provides a first look at the Hispanic TCA population in Maryland. We find that the Hispanic TCA population is quite different from the non-Hispanic TCA population in several notable ways: Hispanic payees are younger, more likely to be married, and less likely to have a 12th-grade education. Also, they are more likely to be designated as a child-only case, in which the adult casehead is not calculated in the cash benefit amount. Further research is required to determine whether Hispanic child-only cases resemble the typical child-only case in Maryland.

Profile of the Active Caseload: Long-term Disabled Caseheads
(June 2013)Sarah Williamson, Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, & Catherine E. Born
 Between October 2007 and October 2011, the long-term disabled caseload in Maryland grew by over 80%, compared to only 40% for the total Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) caseload in the state. In order to better understand this growing population, this report provides a snapshot of Marylandís long-term disabled TCA caseload in October 2011.

Male Caseheads Receiving TCA: Who Are They and What Are Their Circumstances?
(February 2011) Lauren A. Hall, Letitia Logan, Catherine E. Born
  This brief examines the recent increase in male TANF recipients.

Profile of the Active Caseload: Separate State Programs& Short-Term Disabilities
(October 2006)Pamela C. Ovwigho, Catherine E. Born, Correne Saunders
 The controversial reauthorization of TANF via the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 has created new rules that will represent a significant challengeto states. This report examines Maryland's Separate State Programs (SSP) and compares them to traditional TANF cases in order to anticipatewhat the implications of the various options might be so that the choices made are the ones most suited to the realities of welfare caseloads at the state and sub-state level.

Maryland's Child-Only Caseload: A Comparisonof Parental and Non-Parental Cases
(April 2005) Andrea Hetling, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born
 This report describes Maryland's child-only caseload and makes comparisons between not only non-child-only and child-only cases but also sub-groups within this population.

Life On Welfare: Have the Hard-to-serve Been Left Behind? Changes in TANF Caseload Over the Course of Welfare Reform
(May 2001) Pamela Caudill Ovwigho
  Using cross-sectional samples from October 1996 and October 1998, this study examines the hypothesis that the families still receiving TANF face more personal and family challenges in leaving welfare for work, than did families who have already left the rolls.

Life On Welfare: Who Gets Assistance 18 Months Into Reform?
(November 1998) Catherine E. Born, Pamela J. Caudill, Melinda L. Cordero
 This report, based on the study of narratives for 358 Frederick County, MD, families who received a TCA check in March 1998, attempts to both provide policy-makers with information that may be useful in meeting the challenges being confronted in the mid-years of welfare reform, and also to better define the phrase "hard to place" used to describe clients who may be at heightened risk of hitting the five year lifetime time limit.







   
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