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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Proposed COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Relief: In Brief [Updated March 18, 2021]   [open pdf - 971KB]

From the Introduction: "The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant provides grants to states, territories, and American Indian tribes to help finance a wide range of benefits and services related to ameliorating the effects of, and addressing the root causes of, economic disadvantage among families with children. It is best known for providing ongoing economic assistance to families with children, but it also funds emergency, short-term aid; child care; employment and training programs for assistance recipients as well as other eligible parents or youth; and social services. In 2020, five separate laws were enacted to address the economic fallout from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and provide economic relief. No additional funding for TANF was provided in any of those measures, though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would provide relief from penalties under existing law to states that failed to meet TANF work participation standards."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46692
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2021-03-18
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