Welfare Reform, TANF Caseload Changes, and Latinos: A Preliminary Assessment
Eric Rodriguez and Kaydee Kirk
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This issue brief highlights the changes in TANF caseloads for Hispanic women and children nationwide, offers a preliminary assessment of implementation thus far, and reviews the caseload status in Puerto Rico and the three states with the largest nubmers of Latinos on the TANF rolls. Because welfare reform implementation is only entering its fourth year, and information on Hispanics and TANF is limited, the paper lays the groundwork and offers a first step toward examining how Latinos have fared thus far under welfare reform. In addition, welfare reform encompasses more than changes to the TANF program, but because many have focused on TANF caseload reduction as an indicator of welfare reform's success, the scope of this issue brief is limited to its program.