Over the last thirty years, the imposition of more restrictive eligibility limits have made it harder for indigent families to receive public welfare benefits. This paper analyzes one such limit on eligibility for cash-aid assistance to indigent families – the maximum family grant rule. This paper begins with a brief review of the federal and state public cash-aid assistance programs that set the framework in which the rule operates. Next, this paper describes the maximum family grant rule itself. Finally, the paper ends with recommendations and conclusions.
Elizabeth Colman, Hands Up, Not Hand-Outs: Elimination of the Maximum Family Grant Rule in CalWORKs (unpublished ms, April 28, 2014).