The Self-Sufficiency Project offered a temporary financial incentive to single parent, long-term income assistance (IA) recipients who left income assistance for full-time work. This demonstration project was designed to test a policy innovation intended to make work pay better than welfare.

"The Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) Applicant study recruited single parents receiving income assistance (IA) and offered a temporary earnings supplement to selected long-term income assistance recipients. The earnings supplement was a monthly cash payment available to single parents who had been on income assistance for at least one year and who left income assistance for full-time work. [This] supplement was paid on top of earnings from employment for up to three years, provided recipients worked 30 or more hours each week and remained off income assistance. The supplement was designed to provide an immediate payoff to those who found full-time employment because it could effectively double pre-tax income received from a minimum wage job. This report describes the impacts of the supplement offer through six years after random assignment." (p. ES-1). (Abstractor: Author)

Full Publication Title: Can Work Incentives Pay for Themselves? Final Report on the Self-Sufficiency Project for Welfare Applicants