New York City Human Resources Administration
New York City Administration for Children's Services

A Status Report of Selected Aspects of the Implementation of Welfare Reform in New York City

As a result of welfare reform legislation, most public assistance recipients must seek employment or engage in activities that can lead to employment, such as formal education or job training. We examined how the responsibilities under the reformed welfare system have been assigned among New York City agencies, and what steps have been taken to fulfill these responsibilities. We found that most of these responsibilities have been assigned to the Human Resources Administration and the Administration for Children's Services. We determined that both agencies are in the process of implementing these responsibilities, and while they have made progress in their implementation efforts, certain improvements are needed if the responsibilities are to be implemented as intended. Improvements are especially needed if adequate day care services are to be made available to public assistance recipients. Additional actions are also needed if the long-term effectiveness of welfare reform is to be fully assessed in New York City.

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