TANF Spotlight

Understanding The DC Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2015: Exemptions and Extensions Proposed

The DC Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2015 includes several exemptions and extensions that would allow families facing hardships to stay on TANF for longer than 60 months. Here is a breakdown of the bill: Most importantly, children would be able to stay on TANF even if their parent or caretaker is no longer eligible […]

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When Every Dollar Counts: Child Poverty Has Lasting Negative Effects, But Even Small Income Boosts Can Help

A large and growing body of research finds that family economic stability – or the lack thereof – can have lasting impacts on a child’s ability to succeed in school and in later life. The challenges poor parents face in creating a positive environment for their children – poor food access, unstable and unhealthy housing, […]

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TANF Proposal Would Help Families and Children Succeed

Last week, six Councilmembers introduced legislation aimed to ensure that DC’s welfare program – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – protects children from hardship and helps their parents succeed. The bill reforms DC’s rigid TANF time limit to be consistent with approaches taken in most states – giving more time to parents who face […]

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Of Interest

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federal block grant that DC and the states receive to provide income assistance, job training, and other supportive services to low-income families with children. The District provides over 14 programs and services under its TANF program. These include cash assistance, job training, job readiness, child care, tuition assistance, case management, and other supportive services.

  – An Overview of DC’s Temporary    Assistance for Needy Families Program


Long Overdue: An Increase in Income Assistance to Needy Families with Children (District’s Dime)

Align Time Limit Policy with Re-design Implementation to Ensure TANF Success (District’s Dime)