Vice President for Family Income Support Policy
Many low-income families across America have experienced considerably less hardship in the downturn than they would have without the TANF Emergency Fund. The fund expires today, which means that starting tomorrow, needy families will have less help getting through what continue to be very tough times.
While my many posts on the fund have focused on the thousands of low-income parents and teens who will lose their jobs, states have also used the fund for purposes other than providing jobs. So, many other low-income families will also feel the impact of its expiration. Here are some examples of what lies ahead:
The TANF Emergency Fund did what it was intended to do: provide much-needed support to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens during a time of sharply increased hardship. Because of the fund, fewer children went to bed hungry, fewer families became homeless, and more parents proudly supported their families through the wages they earned. And though the fund itself has gone away, the need for it has not.