The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

That was just in front of my mom’s house, my son found an alcohol bottle. It’s like they don’t really care about different neighborhoods or different cities; they really don’t.  And it makes me mad because where my mom lives there are a lot of kids on the street. And there’s glass every five seconds and there’s needles every five seconds. I don’t understand.  

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides cash assistance grants to very low-income children, their parents or caretakers, and pregnant women.  TANF grant amounts are extremely low in Pennsylvania - a family of 3 receives just $403 per month.  In most cases, individuals can only receive TANF for 60 months (5 years) over the course of their lifetime.

Current Issue

As part of the state budget cuts for fiscal year 2012, the Department of Public Welfare must cut $400 million from the TANF program.  DPW's Secretary was given unprecedented authority to make cuts to benefit programs, leaving both the TANF grant amount and the length of time families can receive TANF benefits vulnerable to cuts.

 

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