25th Anniversary of TANF

TANF, enacted in 1996 as a flexible block grant with formula funding, provides states, territories, and tribes support to meet the need in the design of work at these local levels, has created a diverse set of services as well as varying benefit levels and eligibility requirements across states. On TANF’s 25th anniversary, JooYeun Chang, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, notes in this blogpost the challenges TANF agencies face, such as low benefit levels and limited engagement in work activities, and proposes policies and practices agencies can adopt to help alleviate poverty and reduce racial inequity, prepare needy families for the challenges of a post-pandemic economy, and respond to emergency needs.
Record Type: 
Stakeholder Resource
Publication Date: 
August, 2021
Date: 
August 2021
Source: 
OFA Peer TA
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • TANF Program Administration
  • TANF Policy and Legislation
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