of Health and Human Services: Welcome to the Office of Family Assistance
website for the federal welfare program, officially known as Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), provides the law and policy guidelines
for this program, including the annual report to Congress, information
about related state programs and links to related federal programs.
of Health and Human Services: Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement
The poverty guidelines established by the United States Department of
Health and Human Services are used in determining eligibility for various
federal need-based programs. This web page currently provides the guidelines
for 1996-2003; current year information is posted annually in February
or early March. Summary data is available back to 1982. These guidelines
are formally referred to as “the poverty guidelines updated periodically
in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).”
The Census Bureau definitions and data for poverty thresholds, used
for statistical measures and reports, are presented here. Information
from the Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation,
and the Decennial Census concerning poverty topics is available from
for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
The Center for Law and Social Policy conducts and publishes research
on issues related to welfare, childcare and support, workforce issues,
reproductive health, family and marriage policy, and civil legal assistance.
CLASP reports are available from the website at no charge. Individual
projects of CLASP are also detailed in the “Activities”
section. This website has a distinct research/policy orientation.
Center on Poverty Law
The National Center on Poverty Law (NCPL) focuses its research and advocacy
on issues of social and economic law and policy for low-income people.
Highlights of the website include the Poverty Law Manual for the New
Lawyer, available in both PDF and HTML formats; news on poverty law
issues, including a 90 day archive, an email newsletter, and links to
more sources; notification of important poverty law cases; and abstracts
of Clearinghouse Review articles. Full-text of the cases and Clearinghouse
Review articles is available to paid subscribers. Some subscription
material is not clearly marked as being fee-based.