The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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They talk about people who are on SSI and Welfare, how they’re on Welfare just because they don’t want anything out of life. People are on it because sometimes they don’t have any other option. I really wanted to show that calendar and say: Employment. Is it really possible? Do you know somebody that’s going to hire me when I need to take all those days off?

This photograph show's the many medical appointments Crystal had scheduled for her children.

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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