The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience
Peace At Work

"You have to make peace. I feel you have to make peace because if you don’t then you’ll be caught up out here with everything else that’s going on around you. You have to learn how to take yourself outta that and keep your own peace ‘cause if not you’re not gonna have any peace. In reality we don’t [have peace]. The only peace we may have is when we are asleep or when we are in our own homes. But then you still have bullets flying through the windows."

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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