Brief State TANF Policies: A Graphical Overview of State TANF Policies as of July 2016
Megan Thompson, Sarah Minton, Christine Heffernan, Linda Giannarelli
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If a family needs help covering their expenses during a period of financial hardship, will they qualify for temporary cash assistance? How much assistance can they receive and for how long? The answers to these questions depend on the family’s circumstances and where they live. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a block grant program that provides cash and other forms of assistance to low-income families. Each state sets the policies for who can get help, how much they can receive, and for how long. This brief provides a graphical overview of selected TANF policy differences across states.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes Poverty Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being State programs, budgets
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center