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How the TANF Block Grant Falls Short:
Spending, Benefits and Reaching People in Need

TANF to Poverty Ratio

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TANF Spending

Policy Brief

How States Use Funds Under the TANF Block Grant

January 10, 2017

States spend only half of their combined federal and state dollars under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) on the core welfare reform areas of basic assistance for families with children, child care for low-income families, and work-related activities or supports. 

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TANF Benefit Levels

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