In 1996 the federal government ended the 65-year-old Aid to Families with Dependent Children launched during the Depression and established a block grant to the states, Temporary Assistance to Needy Children.  States were told to use the block grant to refashion their cash assistance programs with a new focus on work.  Minnesota responded by creating the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

In the 1990s with a seven-county pilot version of MFIP, Minnesota proved that it would be possible to construct a welfare to work program that helped families move out of poverty.  But we have abandoned much of what worked in the years since.

Getting welfare policy right matters. More than 70,000 of the state’s poorest children rely on MFIP and when their families can move out of poverty, their lives stabilize, their performance in school improves and their futures open.

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MN Data

Every December the MN Department of Human Services releases a snapshot about the demographics of who uses cash assistance in Minnesota for that month.

Source: Affirmative Options Coalition



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