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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.
September 27, 2017

We’ve explained that SNAP (formerly food stamps) has design features that enable it to respond rapidly and effectively to disasters, such as the recent hurricanes. No such comparable features are part of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a program designed to help struggling families...

Food Assistance Soup
September 13, 2017

A nationwide federal-state partnership that supports family- and child-related home visiting programs is slated to expire October 1, threatening a host of programs that strengthen high-risk families and save money over the long run. Today, the House Ways and Means Committee will consider two bills that would extend the program for five years, but each comes with problems — one has a state...

Mom and Baby
August 31, 2017

The Trump Administration has denied Ohio’s request for a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program waiver that would have helped the state integrate workforce services that now vary by program and provided TANF recipients with greater access to education and training opportunities to prepare them for better jobs. Yesterday’s denial of the state’s waiver accompanied a notice to...

Trump Budget Slashes Job Training Grants by 40 Percent
August 21, 2017

In the 21 years since welfare reform in 1996 created it, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has failed in its two main purposes: to provide a safety net and to adequately support parents’ transition to work. TANF’s reach has shrunk, benefits to recipients have lost purchasing power, and states spend little to improve parents’ employability, as we illustrate in our...

TANF Reaching Fewer Jobless Single Mothers
June 27, 2017

As we’ve explained, some states would face disproportionally large cuts if policymakers converted Medicaid from an entitlement in which federal spending rises to accommodate rising need to a block grant or per capita cap, as the House and Senate bills to repeal the Affordable...

States with Above-Average Declines in TANF Funding Per Poor Child Saw Child Poverty Increases
June 1, 2017

President Trump and some congressional Republicans are embracing proposals to let states impose harmful work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, and they’ve also touted as a work requirement a harsh three-month time limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits for...

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May 30, 2017

President Trump’s proposed $2.2 billion cut to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in 2018 would reduce states’ federal TANF funds by 10 to 18 percent (depending on whether a state receives TANF Contingency Funds), as the table below shows. Over the...

Mother and Children Outside
May 24, 2017

President Trump’s budget would cut the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and Contingency Fund — which provide funds to states for short-term income assistance, work programs, and other crucial supports for poor families with children — by $22 billion over ten years. Such cuts conflict sharply with the purported goals, as stated in the budget, of reducing poverty and...

Women filing application
April 13, 2017

We’ve issued policy briefs on three key issues regarding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant:  whether it reaches most poor families, whether benefits give them adequate help to meet basic needs, and whether state TANF spending focuses on core welfare reform areas.  Unfortunately, TANF falls short in all three...

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