Teaching Self-Sufficiency Through Home Visitation and Life Skills Education

Teaching Self-Sufficiency Through Home Visitation and Life Skills Education

Trends in Family Programs and Policy, Issue Brief #3
Published: Jul 30, 2009
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Associated Project

Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation

Time frame: 2000-2008

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Authors

Andrew Burwick

Michael Ponza

To address challenges faced by hard-to-employ TANF clients, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, in partnership with the Nebraska Health and Human Services System, operated the Building Nebraska Families (BNF) program from 2002 to 2005. The initiative combined intensive home visitation and life skills education to prepare high-risk TANF clients in rural Nebraska to succeed in the world of work and improve their families’ well-being. This issue brief notes significant impacts for the very hard-to-employ. BNF was effective in increasing employment and earnings as well as reducing poverty for this group.

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