TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)

REPORT | February 2019

Structurally Unsound: The Impact of Using Block Grants to Fund Economic Security Programs

This analysis finds that block grants (characterized by capped amounts of federal funding to states and other entities paired with expansive flexibility for how the funds are spent) are fundamentally ill-equipped to support basic living standards compared to other structures, especially those that meaningfully guarantee access to adequate benefits or services. Specifically, block grants struggle to respond to need, can be less accountable to program goals and to the people who participate in the program, and can exacerbate inequities–especially racial inequities.

by Cara Brumfield, Funke Aderonmu, Kali Grant, Aileen Carr, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Isabella Camacho-Craft, Doug Steiger & Peter Edelman

OP-ED | April 2015

TANF’s not all right

Though TANF seemed promising to some in its first four years, evidence from the last 15 raises alarms and suggests a need for new strategies to help disadvantaged families.

FEATURE | October 2014

Ten Solutions to Fight Economic Inequality

The center joins some of DC’s leading experts on poverty and inequality to identify top solutions to ensure a more fair U.S. economy.

INFLUENCE | February 2015

Comments on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Reauthorization

The center submitted comments on the discussion draft of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization bill to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources.

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