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The Fiscal and Legal Framework for Creating Community Service Employment Program

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Publication Date: November 1997

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Maurice Emsellem; Steve Savner

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


A community service employment program for TANF recipients--a program to create publicly funded, wage-paying jobs designed to provide employment for individuals and to address unmet community needs--offers a number of potential advantages as compared to other work activities. This paper describes for state legislators and administrators why such a program is both feasible and preferable over an unpaid work experience program under TANF.