Posts tagged "TANF"

Removing asset test for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program a step forward for the poor

Removing asset test for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program a step forward for the poor
It’s rare to see anything positive coming out of Springfield on social welfare, but a bill that recently passed both houses of the General Assembly may be a turn in the right direction. HB2262 would entirely remove the asset eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the cash assistance program for families... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: countdown to teacher strike date; school bus shot on South side; Obama invisible on race and poverty

Race, poverty and politics: countdown to teacher strike date; school bus shot on South side; Obama invisible on race and poverty
As the countdown to the possible teacher’s strike looms closer, the Chicago Teachers Union chief says  negotiations have “taken a turn for the better.” The CTU and Chicago Public Schools would need to come to an agreement on several contentious issues, including school closings, tenure allowances and air conditioner in Track E schools to avoid... Read more »

Where does Illinois' welfare money go?

I was reading through a Stateline news piece on welfare this week and I got to this line at the end: “But a growing concern is that no one really knows how the state and federal TANF money is being spent.” Um, what? That concerned me. According to the piece, the federal Government Accounting Office ... Read more »
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Illinois may kick families off welfare after three years

What happens to a poor family when they get kicked off welfare? 3,000 Illinois families may find out as of July 1st if the state goes ahead with its proposal to cut the budget by reducing the time limit for receiving cash assistance from five years to just three. It’s a way to save money... Read more »

Obama's proposed hike to minimum rent for HUD-assisted families could put poorest in the street

Obama's proposed hike to minimum rent for HUD-assisted families could put poorest in the street
A proposal in the 2013 presidential budget  to raise the minimum rent in public housing could put the poorest families at risk of ending up on the street, say advocates. And what may be most surprising for some people, Pres. Obama’s proposed hike is more than what’s being asked for by the Republicans. Plus, it pitted... Read more »

Happy birthday, welfare reform

Happy birthday, welfare reform
I suppose quite a few parents take a look at their zit-covered, moody teenager and think back to the cuddly, chubby baby they used to be. Seemed like a good idea at the time, they say with a sigh. The same could be said of welfare reform, which has its 15-year birthday this week. Back... Read more »
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What do you really know about welfare? Take our quiz.

When people hear the word “welfare,” they usually have a strong gut reaction. What’s yours? Compassion for needy people? Anger at misspent taxpayer money? Frustration at a system that doesn’t seem to help anyone? Wanting to help but not quite sure what welfare really does? There’s a reason we have strong reactions. Welfare pushes the... Read more »

A welfare program that actually works is on the chopping block

We’ve gotten a lot of lousy news out of this recession: rising unemployment, skyrocketing poverty, beleaguered banks, political fights. But there’s at least one good thing that’s come out of it. But, even that could be over soon. It’s called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. You might recognize the first four... Read more »