Clinton famously said that he would end welfare as knew it. Personal responsibility had to play a bigger role. The new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was created to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. The number of families with children in poverty is today slightly higher than in 1996. But the number of families that are helped by the welfare system has declined dramatically, as shown below.
Source available here (from last year). So it is harder for the poor to have access to welfare. Thought it was good to remember as another Clinton starts to campaign for the White House.