Welfare Project Overview

Since the 1996 national welfare reform law passed Congress, ending the open-ended entitlement to benefits without obligations, states have experimented with various ways to maximize employment and income while reducing dependency on public benefits. The resulting sharp decrease in welfare dependency has caused states to think more broadly about ways to help provide employment and economic self-sufficiency to those not formally enrolled in TANF.

The American Institute for Full Employment has provided policy and implementation assistance to three dozen state and local government agencies. Our staff consultants all come from the ranks of former government officials charged with administering the same welfare and other social service programs for which we offer assistance.

We are continually improving and updating the best practices we offer, and we place a heavy emphasis on implementation and operational effectiveness, rather than just a focus on policy and program design. These practices can be applied to multiple programs including TANF, Food Stamps, General Assistance, Workforce Investment Act and others.

How Can We Help?

  • Early movement into employment
  • Full ongoing engagement in work and constructive activities
  • Supporting and keeping employment
  • Employing multiple populations
  • Improving program management and efficiency

Our examples of Implementation Concepts provide overviews to possible solutions that can assist your agency in improving the effectiveness of its programs.

For an initial conversation about how we might specifically help your agency, please contact us at 800-562-7752 or email us at info@fullemployment.org.