A Descriptive Study of County versus State Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Programs, 2012-2014

Project Overview

This project was awarded to the Urban Institute and will provide a descriptive study of the dynamics of county versus state administered TANF programs. It will involve gathering information from a sample of county and state administered TANF programs. The main objective of this study is to provide documentation and lessons about different programmatic implementations and experiences of both county and state administered TANF programs that could be considered illustrative of these administrative approaches generally. The study will also identify and recommend potential approaches for technical assistance specific to state supervised county administered TANF programs.

The point of contact is Girley Wright.

  • A Descriptive Study of County-Versus State-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs

    Published: May 29, 2015

    One-half of all families receiving cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program live in states with “county-administered” TANF programs. But what does “county-administered” mean? To address this knowledge gap, this report closely examines the TANF programs in four states with state-supervised, county-administered systems (California, Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota) and provides detailed information on TANF...

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