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.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides cash assistance grants to very low-income children, their parents or caretakers, and pregnant women.  TANF grant amounts are extremely low in Pennsylvania - a family of 3 receives just $403 per month.  In most cases, individuals can only receive TANF for 60 months (5 years) over the course of their lifetime.

Current Issue

As part of the state budget cuts for fiscal year 2012, the Department of Public Welfare must cut $400 million from the TANF program.  DPW's Secretary was given unprecedented authority to make cuts to benefit programs, leaving both the TANF grant amount and the length of time families can receive TANF benefits vulnerable to cuts.

 

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