TANF programs provide a wide array of support and services that individuals and families may need to remove barriers and obtain and maintain successful employment. However, TANF assistance often is not enough to help families maintain long-term independence. As a result, community and faith-based organizations have launched collaborations with local governments to provide additional support and services to families. Transitional services refer to support beyond formal TANF assistance that helps individuals retain stable employment, housing, child care, and transportation, and meet their long-term financial needs. These services are essential for helping clients gain the skills and resources they need to make a successful transition from public assistance to long-term self-sufficiency.
This section features programs that fall within this broad definition of transitional services, organized as follows: