Webinar / Webcast

OFA Webinar: Non-Recurrent Short-Term TANF Benefits in the COVID-19 Era

Traditional TANF benefits are typically provided every month for up to 60 months to support family economic stability, while fostering workforce participation. However, TANF also allows states and tribes to help families without providing such ongoing assistance. Instead, they can design their TANF programs to provide non-recurrent short-term benefits (NRSTs) for families experiencing individual crises that require one-time or brief, targeted aid. State and tribal TANF programs provide NRSTs without a national crisis but relied on them broadly in responding to the 2008 financial crisis, use them to help in the face of natural disasters such as the Northern California wildfires, and now, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) published guidance on flexibilities in the TANF law and regulations that states and tribes might use in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the provision of NRSTs to support economically vulnerable families during the pandemic. State and tribal TANF programs are currently providing NRSTs, which are not subject to the TANF requirements associated with "assistance" such as work requirements, to support families who have experienced specific hardships due to the COVID-19 emergency and to help those families continue progress toward economic independence.

In this facilitated webinar on July 28, 2020, presenters provided an overview of NRST benefits and explained how they can be used in the COVID-19 era. Additionally, state representatives shared how they have used NRST benefits in the field to support individuals and families affected by the pandemic. Panelists answered audience questions to assist other state and tribal programs in developing their own TANF responses to COVID-19. 

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