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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
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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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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September 10, 2019

Update, November 13: We’ve updated this post to incorporate revised data the Census Bureau released in October.

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...

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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