The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Nobody at my college knew that I was in the shelter, and once people started finding out, they were like, oh my gosh, Tami, you’re in a shelter? Oh my gosh, you’re a mother? I’m the only parent in my program at Northeastern. Only parent. And they like, look at me differently ‘cause of that. Oh, you’re a mom? I didn’t know you have a kid. I have a son, not a kid. I hate that. You’re in a shelter? Oh my gosh, I feel so bad for you. Don’t feel bad for me. I’m doing really fine. You see me here, right? In college? Don’t feel bad. 

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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