We’re Not All Deadbeat Parents: Welfare Recipient Voices on Unmet Service Needs
Sandra K. Danziger, Jessica Wiederspan, and J. A. Siegel, University of Michigan
Studies since the 1996 welfare reform found caseload reductions and little improvements in well being. This paper provides qualitative analysis of program experiences a decade later. From telephone interviews of Michigan recipients, we observed that respondents' identify one of four combinations of needs for services. They highlighted unmet needs for further education, health-related challenges, interim unemployment-related services, or concrete help with cyclical low wage work. The depth and duration of joblessness and hardship of the Recession and recent state-level cutbacks underscore the urgency of client-driven policy guidelines to address the diverse challenges of low income families.
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