The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 8, 2013

CRS – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: A Primer on TANF Financing and Federal Requirements. Gene Falk, Specialist in Social Policy – April 2, 2013

  • “The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant provides federal grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Indian tribes, and the territories for a wide range of benefits, services, and activities. It is best known for helping states pay for cash welfare for needy families with children, but it funds a wide array of additional activities. TANF was created in the 1996 welfare reform law (P.L. 104-193). Current law funds TANF through September 30, 2013.”
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