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.
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.