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Reports on Welfare Time Limits from MDRC
Nov 28, 2000
The Family Transition Program: Final Report on Florida's Initial Time-Limited Welfare Program

Florida's Family Transition Program (FTP), a pilot program in Escambia County (Pensacola) that was launched more than two years before the landmark 1996 federal welfare law, has provided some of the first hard evidence about one of the most dramatic recent changes in welfare policy: the imposition of time limits on receipt of cash welfare assistance. This six-year study by MDRC concluded that the Florida program increased employment and substantially reduced long-term welfare receipt, and did not find evidence that the program caused severe hardships. But the study also notes that the pilot operated under very favorable circumstances and cautions that time limits might produce different effects elsewhere.

How Should I Talk with Recipients About Welfare Time Limits?

MDRC Senior Research Associate Dan Bloom, the lead researcher on several of MDRC's groundbreaking studies on the effects of welfare time limits, gives to-the-point, practical advice on this key issue for welfare case workers. This is the newest in MDRC's Questions from the Field series.

New Web Section for Research on Working Poor

The new Working Poor section of our website highlights an ambitious new effort by MDRC to identify the most effective strategies for promoting stable employment and improving the well-being of low-income working families.