Welfare Transition Program (WTP)
In October of 1996, two Acts went into law that dramatically changed welfare programs in the State of Florida and around the country. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) legislation changed the nation’s welfare system from the receipt of cash assistance as an entitlement to one that requires work in exchange for time-limited assistance.
In October of 1996, Florida enacted the Work and Gain Economic Self Sufficiency (WAGES) Act. The Act was developed to implement the requirements of TANF and to emphasize work, self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, as well as time-limited assistance. In October 2000, the Florida Workforce Innovation Act, Senate Bill 2010, was passed. It substantially redefined Florida’s welfare delivery system by replacing the former WAGES program with the Welfare Transition Program.
Support Services & Programs:
- Transportation & Relocation Assistance
- Child Care & Child Support Enforcement Programs
- Severance Payments & Diversion Programs
- Job Training & Employment Programs
Brett Rowell, Program Coordinator