Brief The Use of TANF Funds for Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention During COVID-19
Owen Noble, Jorge Morales-Burnett
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As state and local governments face unprecedented budget deficits and households spend months unable to pay rent, funding for rental assistance has become increasingly important but difficult to come by. Policymakers, housing advocates, and practitioners should look beyond well-known and oversubscribed housing subsidies administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to other federal programs to provide rental assistance to the millions of renters facing evictions. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a flexible federal block grant that can provide needed emergency financial assistance to renters and help prevent evictions nationwide.

Research Areas Families Social safety net Housing
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Families with low incomes Evictions
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab