Performance Improvement 2013-2014. How Does the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Connect to the Larger Safety Net?


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients typically represent a small share of the enrollment for other safety net programs, but other programs may provide sufficient support to help a family leave Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or to avoid the assistance program altogether. This study summarized what is known about the connections between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other large safety net programs.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a relatively small component of the safety net for families with children, but it can serve as an important portal to other safety net programs. Safety net programs vary tremendously in their funding, targeting, benefit design and levels, delivery systems, and how well they reach their target populations. States are experimenting with a variety of approaches to improve service delivery and access to other supports for TANF families.

Report Title: TANF and the Broader Safety Net,
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Schmitt, 202-401-5786
Performer: The Urban Institute
Record ID: 9849 (February 13, 2012)

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