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A High Dive into a Water Glass? Serving the "Hard to Serve" in Welfare-to-Work

By John Bouman

While welfare reform's mandatory time limits have contributed to unprecedented drops in this country's welfare rolls, we should not assume that applying work-first strategies to recipients who are the hardest to serve will lead to self-sufficiency. Advocates, human service agencies, and policymakers must study why many recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families have difficulty securing gainful employment and must craft strategies to address what is learned about them.

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