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Proposed Emergency Assistance Fund a Promising Approach to Reducing Evictions

December 12, 2019

A job loss, illness, or car breakdown shouldn’t threaten a family’s housing, but that’s the reality for many Americans with low incomes who experience eviction or other types of housing instability because they don’t have the resources to weather even a short-term income loss or large unexpected bill. Senators Michael Bennet and Rob Portman have introduced bipartisan legislation, the...

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States Should Build on Momentum to Boost TANF Benefits

December 10, 2019

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits between July 2018 and July 2019, our updated report shows. (See table.) That’s good news, because...

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TANF at 23: States Have Boosted TANF Benefits, But There’s Room to Do More

August 19, 2019

In replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant 23 years ago, policymakers promised all families living in poverty a better economic future by providing temporary financial support, along with job preparation and work support. TANF has fallen far short in fulfilling this promise, particularly in...

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TANF at 23: Cash Income Matters to Children’s Lives

August 15, 2019

TANF cash assistance can help to both meet short-term needs and provide children with lasting positive impacts, but it reaches very few families in poverty.

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Behavioral Science Shows Why Work Requirements Don’t Work

April 8, 2019

Taking government benefits away from people who don’t meet work requirements ignores a body of scientific evidence that these policies make it harder for people to find and maintain employment, according to a new report.

That’s because such policies — a central piece of Republican...

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Despite Recent TANF Benefit Boosts, Black Families Left Behind

October 25, 2018

As we’ve noted, more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia have increased cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for this year or next. Nevertheless, TANF benefits will still be at or below 60 percent of the poverty line in every state, as our...

More Than Half of Black People Live in States With Little TANF Assistance

TANF at 22: TANF Helping Fewer and Fewer Poor Families

August 22, 2018

The TANF block grant is supposed provide a temporary safety net to poor families, primarily those with no other means to meet basic needs. But the reach of cash assistance has declined dramatically over time.

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TANF at 22: Still Failing to Help Struggling Families Meet Basic Needs

August 21, 2018

TANF reaches far fewer poor families than its predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and the families who manage to receive TANF cash assistance rely on increasingly inadequate benefits that make it hard for parents and caregivers to provide the basics for their children.

TANF Serves Hardly Any Poor Families in Some States

The Truth About “Welfare Reform”: TANF Is Disappearing

December 13, 2017

With President Trump and congressional Republicans planning to push next year, under the guise of “welfare reform,” for deep cuts to programs for some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable people, what we’ve learned about the impact of an earlier round of “...

In 1996, 68 out of every 100 families in poverty received AFDC benefits.

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