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WELFARE REFORM: REINVESTING STATE WELFARE SAVINGS AND GREATER COLLABORATION

WHEREAS, the Congress passed and the President signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) which dramatically altered the welfare system of this country and created Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); and

WHEREAS, PRWORA assigns governors the lead responsibility for developing and implementing the state’s welfare reform plan; and

WHEREAS, the TANF rules provide enormous flexibility in designing programs, fosters the collaboration and involvement of additional parties in the delivery of services and facilitates the movement of families from welfare to work; and

WHEREAS, the success of welfare reform will depend upon the maintenance of resources, collaboration, system building and support from federal, state and local government investing in people in a more significant way so that self-sufficiency is the outcome; and

WHEREAS, much attention has been paid to the significant reduction in welfare caseloads over the last few years, yet little is known about what has actually happened to the people who have come off welfare and whether or not they are self-sufficient; and

WHEREAS, as caseloads drop statewide, cities register much slower rates of decline, leaving many cities with a disproportionate share of hard-to-place recipients; and

WHEREAS, with the drops in caseloads statewide, many states have realized significant savings from state welfare programs,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the nations’ governors to recognize the differential impact that welfare reform efforts are having on cities and urges governors to reinvest TANF surplus dollars back into the TANF system in order to focus on the welfare population in cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls for greater collaboration and system building so that the services and systems designed to serve welfare recipients and create self-sufficiency do not present barriers to the success of welfare reform.

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