Improving the TANF Program for Legal Immigrants: Recommendations based on the Oregon experience

February 13, 2002 Download PDF

by Michael Leachman, Amy Stork, and Lorey Freeman

Executive Summary

Increasingly, the capacity of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to reduce poverty in Oregon depends on the success of legal immigrant families. The importance of helping immigrants receiving TANF benefits will only increase in the future, if the number of legal immigrants living in Oregon continues to grow as rapidly as it did over the last decade. Oregon’s foreign-born population grew by 79 percent in the 1990s.

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This paper recommends that when Congress reauthorizes the TANF program later this year, it should:

The paper also offers recommendations for Oregon to improve the state TANF program, currently operating under a waiver to the federal rules. The paper recommends that Oregon:

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