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    Developing self-regulation

    TANF program staff can help participants strengthen and develop executive functioning skills that improve capacity to problem solve and regulate emotions. Learn about behavioral approaches and how to incorporate them in program design.
  • NRST Benefits

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    NRST Benefits

    Providing needed assistance

    NRST benefits provide emergency assistance to vulnerable households to mitigate the impact of crises. TANF programs have flexibility to authorize NRST for up to four months. Learn how state and tribal TANF programs use NRST.

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    Breaking cycles of poverty

    Intergenerational poverty, or lack of mobility across generations, is a repetitive cycle as a result of an individual family’s social and economic challenges. Learn about policies and programs aimed at breaking this cycle.
  • Project IMPROVE

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    Project IMPROVE

    Project IMPROVE

    Project IMPROVE, funded by the Office of Family Assistance, aims to bridge the gap between human services research and practice.
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    Newsletter Sign-up

    The weekly PeerTA newsletter provides timely resources on the latest trends, practices, research, and events in the field. Sign up today to keep current, access OFA guidance, and ask interactive questions of your peers.
  • Resource Library

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    Resource Library

    Available Resources on PeerTA

    The Resource Library hosts a treasure trove of briefs, reports, factsheets, and infographics to address a range of topics including social welfare and policy, workforce development, supportive services, and TANF policy.

Recently Asked Questions

August 3, 2020

A representative from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) notes that in 2013, ACF clarified that TANF funds could be used to provide access to computers and the internet for needy parents (see

April 9, 2020
A representative from the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services asks states and territories that offer non-recurrent TANF benefits: what type of benefit is offered; is there a cap or maximum amount; what criteria are used to determine when the benefit is issued and what is the process; and what is the respondent’s name, email address or phone number in case there are follow up questions?
March 26, 2020
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a representative of Lake County Social Services in Lower Lake, California is interested in finding out how counties are supporting their TANF staff working from home, as well as what important items are necessary to include when developing a written policy for telework. Additionally, what issues have counties encountered when allowing staff to work from home, such as breach of confidentiality, worker's comp injuries, and damage to county equipment?

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