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Every System Plays a Role in Working to End Homelessness: How the TANF System Can Support Economic Opportunity for Families Experiencing HomelessnessApril 14, 2016
The resources and services available through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are critical to addressing and ending family homelessness. State and local TANF programs can be leveraged to provide access to critical work opportunities and support services for families experiencing homelessness. This resource provides an overview of the TANF program, examples of where state and local TANF programs have been leveraged to support homeless families, and offers recommendations to ensure that TANF resources are leveraged effectively to support homeless families.
The federal TANF program has several legislative goals and a dual mission as a crisis response system aimed at reducing and alleviating poverty and hardship among low-income children and families and creating pathways to employment and economic opportunity. Our comments reflect the degree to which we believe that the subcommittee's draft bill achieves the goals and intent of the TANF program and, in some places, reflects and builds upon the testimony and comments submitted by other nationally recognized organizations including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy.
The TANF Emergency Fund authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided an unprecedented opportunity for states to make clear investments into Transitional Jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programming for those low-income job seekers unable to find work in the battered economy.
This document covers frequently asked questions about the transitional jobs strategy as well as transitional jobs programs funded through within the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF0 Emergency Contingency Fund.
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