Amber Lakin (front) and colleague Julia Porras work at Central City Concern, an organization that does outreach and job training to combat homelessness and addiction in Portland, Ore. Lakin went through the welfare system and now works with Central City Coffee, an offshoot of the main organization, which uses coffee roasting/packaging as a job training space. Leah Nash for NPR hide caption

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20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

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President Bill Clinton prepares to sign legislation in 1996 that overhauled America's welfare system — and had a profound effect on the collection of child support. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Clinton signs the welfare reform law on Aug. 22, 1996. Stephen Jaffe /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Despite Fact Checks, Romney Escalates Welfare Work Requirement Charge

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