Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2012

Published: December 4, 2013
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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.

The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2012, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2012. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database; 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 2012; benefits in 2012; requirements in 2012; ongoing eligibility in 2012; and policies across time, 1996–2012. Each chapter begins with an overview of the policies, followed by details relating to specific tables.