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Seeking to Deter Parental Behavior Through Welfare Policy

New Jersey's Child Exclusion, Housing, and Homelessness

By David G. Sciarra

New Jersey was the first state to adopt and implement child exclusion, but other states have since obtained section 1115 waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services. This article describes how New Jersey's child exclusion works, including the reductions in cash assistance triggered by the birth of an excluded baby and the effect of those reductions on the family's ability to meet housing needs.

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