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States Should Follow New Jersey: Repeal Racist “Family Cap”

October 14, 2020

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining states with these laws in their TANF programs should follow suit. The laws not only have racist and sexist roots but constitute bad policy, denying children the resources they...

In Focus: 12 States Still Have Racist Policies Denying Benefits to Children Born in Families Already on TANF

Protect, Bolster TANF Cash Assistance Amid State Fiscal Crisis, Rising Need

May 5, 2020

As states’ revenues plummet and they shift resources to fight the public health crisis, state officials will be looking for ways to fill their budget shortfalls and meet their balanced-budget requirements. In the face of extreme and growing hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic and deep economic downturn, states shouldn’t use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to help...

TANF at Weakest Point Amid Fiscal Crisis and Growing Need

Boost TANF to Reduce Deep Poverty Among Children

March 4, 2020

The share of children of color living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) rose in the decade after a 1996 law created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and weakened other anti-poverty programs, my colleagues have found....

In Focus: TANF’s Reach Declined Significantly Over Time

Trump Would Cut TANF by $21 Billion, Impose Harmful Spending Restrictions

February 21, 2020

In his new budget, President Trump proposes to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by $21 billion over ten years, which would leave many families with less assistance when they fall on hard times. The cuts include a 10 percent reduction in the annual block grant funding for states and an end to the $608 million TANF Contingency Fund, which gives states additional funds at times...

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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...


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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