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.  

Sanctions

In order to receive TANF, families must meet certain requirements, such as participating in employment or job training every week.  Individuals who do not meet all requirements are subject to suspension or termination of their TANF benefits (called "sanctions").  Sanctions have been show to negatively affect the health and well-being of young children.

Current Issue

As unemployment climbs and fewer jobs are available for TANF parents, recipients must spend more time at the EARN Centers doing "job search activities" without any real hope of finding work. When education and training opportunities aren't available, recipients can get discouraged and face damaging sanctions.

 

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