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From the field: Surveys of TANF frontline workers in Minnesota

Individual Author: 
McGovern-Acuna, Jeanne

This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS workshop provides a description of front-line workers of Minnesota’s TANF program, the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). This presentation provides information related to who these staff are, what their work entails, the challenges in their work, and lessons from the field.

Demonstrating behavioral health impact using intensive community-based services

Individual Author: 
Birkholz, JoAnn
Gregerson, Kathy

The Medica Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Medica Health Plans, a Minnesota-based, regional nonprofit health maintenance organization. The Medica Foundation funds community-based initiatives that support the needs of customers and the greater community by improving their health and removing barriers to health care services. Behavioral health has been a cornerstone funding area for the Medica Foundation over the last 10 years. (author introduction)

Psychological trauma among American Indian families: A two-generation study

Individual Author: 
Myhra, Laurelle L.
Wieling, Elizabeth

The findings presented in this article come from a two-generation study exploring the psychological impact of trauma among American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) families and its perceived relationship to substance abuse across generations. Psychological traumas and stressors found to be pervasive across generations included physical and sexual abuse as well as persistent discrimination and racism, such as fear of having children removed from the home. A noteworthy finding was a decrease in reports of childhood traumas across the two generations within this sample.

Measuring Poverty

Individual Author: 
Wheaton, Laura
Tashi, Jamyang

Many agree that the official measure of poverty in the United States is flawed. Experts have recommended an alternative measure of poverty that includes all family resources net of taxes and nondiscretionary expenses and updates the thresholds to reflect current spending patterns. This fact sheet describes the official poverty measure and an alternative measure developed by the National Academy of Sciences, and uses data from the 2006 American Community Survey to estimate the extent of poverty in Minnesota under the official and alternative measure. (author abstract)

Preserving small rental buildings

Individual Author: 
Berke, Sarah
Carty, Joan
McCormick, Barbara

In communities across America, small buildings with two to four housing units - "triple-deckers" in New England, "duplexes" and "fourplexes" in Minnesota - provide neighborhood stability. A significant presence, they represent 31 percent of rental housing stock in the Northeast, 21 percent in the Midwest.

But even as demand for rentals increases, these typically affordable properties are threatened by foreclosure, abandonment, and disinvestment. Between 1999 and 2009 alone, 15 percent of the two- to four-unit, low-cost rental stock was permanently lost.

Family Options Study: Short-term impacts of housing and services interventions for homeless families

Individual Author: 
Gubits, Daniel
Shinn, Marybeth
Bell, Stephen
Wood, Michelle
Dastrup, Samuel
Solari, Claudia D.
Brown, Scott R.
Brown, Steven
Dunton, Lauren
Lin, Winston
McInnis, Debi
Rodriguez, Jason
Savidge, Galen
Spellman, Brooke E.

This report, titled Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, presents the short-term outcomes of the families enrolled in the Family Options Study, a multi-site random assignment experiment designed to study the impact of various housing and services interventions on homeless families. The report documents how families are faring approximately 20 months after random assignment to one of four interventions: community-based rapid re-housing (CBRR), project-based transitional housing (PBTH), permanent housing subsidy (SUB), and usual care (UC).

"It still don't make you feel like you're doin' it": Welfare reform and perceived economic self-efficacy

Individual Author: 
Schabo Grabowski, Lorie J.

The massive federal welfare reform effort of 1996 contained an inherent assumption that welfare use negatively affected recipients' sense of self-efficacy. Little research attention has been given to examining this assumption. Using in-depth interviews, I explore economic self-efficacy perceptions of 31 young mothers who have experience receiving welfare. Financial choice, they said, was central to their perceptions of themselves as economic agents and therefore to their sense of self-efficacy.

Alternative formulas for distributing parental incomes at divorce

Individual Author: 
Daniels, Kathrine C.
Rettig, Kathryn D.
delMas, Robert

The current study applied five formulas for distributing parental incomes at divorce to 414 court case records in Minnesota and evaluated which formulas and actual court orders provided sufficient incomes for male and female-headed households. The study further explored influences of pre-divorce gross income levels, household/genders, and lengths of marriage on the post-divorce income-to-needs ratios (ITN) produced by the five formulas and actual court orders, using MANOVA. Results were interpreted using distributive justice principles of equity, needs, and contributions.

Parents and Children Together: Design and implementation of Responsible Fatherhood programs

Individual Author: 
Zaveri, Heather
Baumgartner, Scott
Dion, Robin
Clary, Liz

This report describes program design and implementation of four Responsible Fatherhood programs that are part of the Parents and Children Together evaluation. The report presents data on enrollment, initial participation, retention, and the amount of services fathers received from December 2012, the beginning of PACT enrollment, through August 2014. The report then discusses two approaches to service delivery adopted by the grantees and describes how these approaches may inform patterns related to program inputs and outputs and future Responsible Fatherhood programming.