• MDRC Publications


      Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods

      August, 2005
      Denise Polit, Laura Nelson, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, David Seith

      Welfare caseloads fell, employment increased, and neighborhood conditions improved in Los Angeles during a period of economic growth and welfare reform. However, most welfare recipients still remained poor, the concentration of poverty increased, and those who worked were usually in low-wage jobs without benefits.


      An Exploratory Focus Group Study

      February, 2003
      Laura Nelson, Rogéair Purnell

      The Opening Doors initiative is designed to help low-wage workers, at-risk youth, and recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) earn college credentials as the pathway to better jobs and higher earnings. Concentrating on a program implemented in California, this report supplements efforts from an earlier Opening Doors focus group study to gain insights from low-income students on the factors that affect their ability to enroll in school and earn a college credential while balancing work and parenting responsibilities.

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