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

TANF to Poverty Ratio

In Focus: TANF's Reach Declined Significantly Over Time
Policy Brief

TANF Reaching Few Poor Families

March 4, 2020

If TANF had maintained the same reach to families in poverty as its predecessor had in 1996, nearly 3.6 million families would have received TANF in 2018, about 2.4 million more than reported for that year.

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TANF Spending

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TANF Benefit Levels

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