This series of policy briefs provides basic explanations of the main components of TANF. We hope they will be helpful to policymakers, practitioners, and advocates at all levels of government.
This brief, part of the TANF 101 series, explains the fixed block grant awarded to states under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
This brief, part of the TANF 101 series, provides in-depth information on cash assistance under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.
Cash assistance through unemployment insurance and TANF are critical supports for people with low incomes. Yet neither form of assistance is truly meeting the need in the pandemic.
Basic needs programs provide core supports that help low-income people immediately and shape positive impacts long term. But current threats and bad proposals would undermine these programs.
From December 2007 to June 2009, the Great Recession highlighted the weakness of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) as a safety net. TANF did not adequately respond to the sharp increase in need.