The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

 

What splits the projects from that side of Shawmut is Massachusetts Avenue. Once you cross Mass Ave, you’re no longer where the hood is, or where the Spanish or Black people are. Look at how nice that looks. Why are we so different if they’re only a block or two apart – they’re down the street. We’re separated by Massachusetts Avenue. What do you see that’s different? What can you point out? And now, you tell me why there is such a difference? This is Boston Housing.

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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