DCFPI Comments on Proposed TANF Full-Family Sanctions Policy

The District is preparing a new policy that would terminate cash assistance to families when parents do not comply with work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.  The new policy stems from legislation adopted in 2010. 

DCFPI disagrees with this strict “full-family sanction” approach, and we recently submitted comments on these proposed rules along with Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Lisa Martin of the Catholic University School of Law.  The comments are intended to make sure that DC’s sanctions policy includes protections for TANF families, which include one of three children in the city.

To read the complete comments, click here.