How the TANF Block Grant Falls Short:
Spending, Benefits and Reaching People in Need
TANF to Poverty Ratio
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant is designed to provide temporary cash assistance to families in poverty — primarily those with no other means to meet basic needs — but its reach has shrunk considerably over time.
TANF Benefit Levels
Despite recent increases, TANF cash benefits still leave a family of three at or below 60 percent of the poverty line in every state.
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