Cover image of "The Responsiveness of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program during the
Great Recession" report. (August 2014)
Was the TANF Welfare Program's Response to the Great Recession Adequate?
August 12, 2014,
"It is fortunate that a major feature of American social policy is a series of programs, often referred to as the safety net, that are designed to provide people with cash and other benefits when they fall on hard times—which they are more likely to do during a recession," write Ron Haskins, Vicky Albert, and Kimberly Howard in their new report on the response of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program—the major federal welfare program that replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1996—to the Great Recession that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. "All in all," they write, "we conclude that the American system of balancing work requirements and welfare benefits worked fairly well, even during the most severe recession since the Depression of the 1930s." Learn more here.