Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2008

Published: August 15, 2009
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This is an old version of the Welfare Rules Databook. For the most recent version, please visit the Welfare Rules Database project page.

This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2008, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for select years between 1996 and 2008. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

The Databook is divided into five groups of tables: initial eligibility in 2008; benefits in 2008; requirements in 2008; ongoing eligibility in 2008; and policies across time, 1996–2008. Each chapter begins with an overview of the policies, followed by details relating to specific tables.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019