Work Programs

Since 2011, DSS has been focusing its efforts on helping welfare recipients find employment. 

Between February 2011 and July 2016, DSS helped 38,918 SNAP and/or TANF recipients find a job. 

97 percent of clients exiting welfare with jobs stay off cash assistance for at least three months. More than 80 percent of those who leave welfare for employment have not returned for at least two years.

As part of its reform efforts, SCDSS entered into a Final Settlement Agreement regarding the Michelle H., federal class action lawsuit and has committed to short-term, intermediate, and long-term systemic improvements for children in foster care.

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