The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“We used to have a recreational center, and after the kids would get off of school the police officers would watch over the children. They don’t have it anymore. They shut it down. You notice there are more kids on the street, more kids who don’t have anywhere else to go. If you open the recreation centers up right after school, the parents might still be able to work. That’s what I did until my mother got off work. My mom couldn’t afford camps so I had to do everything that was free. They need to bring back way more programs for the youth.”

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides cash assistance grants to very low-income children, their parents or caretakers, and pregnant women.  TANF grant amounts are extremely low in Pennsylvania - a family of 3 receives just $403 per month.  In most cases, individuals can only receive TANF for 60 months (5 years) over the course of their lifetime.

Current Issue

As part of the state budget cuts for fiscal year 2012, the Department of Public Welfare must cut $400 million from the TANF program.  DPW's Secretary was given unprecedented authority to make cuts to benefit programs, leaving both the TANF grant amount and the length of time families can receive TANF benefits vulnerable to cuts.

 

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