School of Social Work:
Room 3.212D
Phone: (512) 471-9248
Fax: (512) 471-9514

Mailing Address:
University of Texas
School of Social Work
1 University Station D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358



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Surviving Without TANF: A Longitudinal Study in Texas to Determine the Effects of Welfare Reform on Individuals Denied, Redirected or Diverted from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

Principal Investigator:
Laura Lein, Ph.D.
Freddie Richards

Duration: 5/1/99 - 8/31/01

This welfare reform project, in partnership with The University of Texas at El Paso and St. Edward's University, was initiated during January, 2000. The study's focus is on individuals and families who choose a one-time lump sum payment (Texas' formal diversion effort), who are redirected from application for TANF, or who apply for TANF, but are determined ineligible for non-financial reasons. This study addresses questions related to employment and economic well-being; family and child well-being; attitudes toward job search and the diversion and redirection processes; and use of government programs, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and TANF. The study involves interviews and administrative data analysis. The following interviews will be used: an intercept interview of all potential TANF applicants at one El Paso office and one Austin office (about 400 people) using the initial basic information form expanded to include additional employment and income information, an intensive interview with a random sample of 20 redirected individuals and 20 individuals denied for non-financial reasons from each of the two offices within 8-10 weeks of contact with the office, and a second intensive interview 5-6 months later.
Final Report

Texas Department of Human Services