How the TANF Block Grant Falls Short:
Spending, Benefits and Reaching People in Need
TANF to Poverty Ratio
Cash Assistance Should Reach Millions More Families to Lessen Hardship
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.
How States Use Federal and State Funds Under the TANF Block Grant
The cash assistance safety net for the nation’s poorest families has weakened significantly under the TANF block grant.
TANF Benefit Levels
Increases in TANF Cash Benefit Levels Are Critical to Help Families Meet Rising Costs
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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