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September 10, 2019

Economic hardship would be far more pervasive without key anti-poverty programs, Census data released today show, with programs like SNAP (food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) keeping millions of people above the poverty line in 2018.

The Trump Administration has targeted a number of key assistance programs for...

In Focus: Key Federal Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty
August 28, 2019

As Labor Day approaches, now’s a good time to remember that most recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are workers who turn to TANF when the low-wage labor market fails them: they don’t get enough hours, they...

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August 22, 2019

We can all agree that Black children should have the same opportunity to thrive as their white peers. However, choices that some states have made in their TANF programs can limit Black children’s access to the same opportunity.

In Focus: TANF's Reach and Benefit Levels Remain Low in Many States
August 21, 2019

State and federal policymakers should act to ensure that TANF funds better target assistance to needy families.

9 States Spent Less Than 10 Percent of Federal and State TANF Funds on Basic Assistance in 2017
August 20, 2019

State and federal policymakers need to do more to strengthen TANF and help these parents and their children afford the basics.

In Focus: TANF Could Be Serving 2.5 Million More Families
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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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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July 12, 2019

Restrictions that the federal and state governments imposed in the 1990s on the nation’s main cash assistance program for low-income mothers and their children are associated with negative behaviors in adolescent youth, especially boys, says a study we discussed in ...

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April 8, 2019

SNAP’s harsh three-month limit on food assistance, which the Administration wants to make even harsher, reflects the idea that taking food away from jobless adults will lead them to work or earn more. But repeated studies, including a new report from the nonprofit consulting firm ideas42,...

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