Tag: TANF

51 Senators Vote to Slash Medicaid in order to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich

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October 20, 2017

They also voted to cut Medicare, education, housing assistance, job training, home heating/cooling assistance, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, environmental and public health protections, child care, help for people with disabilities… This isn’t as much a budget as it is a gaping self-inflicted wound.  Or, instead of following the dictum “When you’re in a Read More »

Rethinking Workforce Training for Low-Income Moms

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August 11, 2017

Editor’s note: This post was written by Carol Burnett, the founder and executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, a nonprofit that has been a champion for affordable child care for low-income working parents since 1998. This post was originally published on the National Women’s Law Center blog on August 8.  Single moms Read More »

Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »

Opposing Rep. Price for HHS Secretary

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January 26, 2017

On Jan. 24, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) sat before the Senate Finance Committee and made his case for why he should be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. A recording of the hearing can be viewed here. Many Democratic senators were unhappy with Rep. Price’s answers, or lack of answers, Read More »

The high cost of being poor in the U.S.

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September 20, 2016

Today, fresh off the new U.S. Census Bureau poverty numbers, we released The High Cost of Being Poor in the U.S., which explores challenges the 43.1 million adults and children still living in poverty face. These challenges include high costs in areas such as rent, food, child care and predatory lending. A few highlights: 59 Read More »

The next reform to welfare reform

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August 25, 2016

Editor’s note: This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the Washington Post on August 24. Make sure to also read Debbie’s entry on TANF’s 20th anniversary posted on this blog on August 22. You can find additional resources on the impact of TANF  at it’s 20th anniversary here.  The Aug. 22 editorial “Happy birthday, welfare Read More »

TANF at Twenty

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August 22, 2016

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed the law that placed a time limit on cash assistance for poor families with children and required some degree of work, job search, or training to receive benefits. The new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), a program pretty Read More »

‘I don’t call it safety net any more. There’s no safety.’

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August 19, 2016

Editor’s note: The following post, first published by the Huffington Post, is co-authored by Lisa Dodson. Dodson is Senior Scientist and Faculty at the Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University. “You’d think they want us to fail,” said Marta, a young mother in a Boston parents’ meeting. She was rocking a Read More »

We don’t do cat videos, but we do engage in serious poverty analysis

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August 18, 2016

Do you wonder if poverty is growing in your state? Would you like to know how to use state and local data about income based on race, age, or gender? Do you know how to access the soon-to-be released Census Bureau poverty, income and health insurance data? And why, why, why do cat videos attract Read More »

LaJuana Clark’s Story: ‘It’s not how I start. It’s how I finish.’

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June 21, 2016

Editor’s note: Last week, we discussed CHN’s June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity. As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s story. We encourage you to watch a recording of the event Read More »