State TANF Programs and Agencies
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a fixed block grant providing flexible funding to states to support a wide range of activities for low-income families with children. With few restrictions, TANF funds can be used for any activity reasonably aimed at one of the four statutory purposes. Federal administration of the TANF program is housed within the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Funds go from ACF to the state, territory, or Indian tribe agency that operates the TANF program. In most states, it is the state's Department of Family Services or its Department of Human Services, but it varies. Below is a list of and link to each state's TANF program and the respective agency that administers it. To view a pdf >>.
- Department of Economic Security
- EMPOWER (Employing and Moving People Off Welfare and Encouraging Responsibility)
District of Columbia
- Department of Children and Family Services
- FITAP (Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program)
- Strategies to Empower People (STEP)
- Department of Health and Human Services
- TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
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