TANF Spotlight

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 […]

Read more

Taking Time to Get the TANF Time Limit Right: A One-year Extension of Assistance to Families Makes Sense

The plan to extend TANF income and employment assistance by one year will keep 6,300 vulnerable families from falling deeper into poverty. It also will give Mayor Bowser and her new human services leadership a year to address a TANF program that has improved in recent years but still faces challenges to serving families well. […]

Read more

Use Additional Revenue to Help TANF Families Succeed

The DC Council budget vote on May 28th included a serious discussion about TANF – DC’s welfare-to-work program – with many members expressing concern about a deep cut in income assistance benefits scheduled for this October. An amendment to delay the cut failed by one vote, mainly because TANF job training funds would have been […]

Read more


The District started rolling out a substantial re-design of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the welfare-to-work program for families with children, in late 2011.  The TANF reforms hold promise for greatly improving the city’s efforts to help families move toward employment and to otherwise become more stable.  DC’s prior TANF services have been criticized […]

Read more

View all by date
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)