Financial Stability Among Low-Income Families and the Role of TANF

What challenges do low-income mothers face in achieving financial and family stability and in what ways does the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program address or fail to address those challenges? Guided by this overarching question, the project investigates the challenges present among long-term TANF recipients, including how these barriers are related with other individual, family, agency, or county characteristics as well as post-TANF outcomes. Analyses will also focus on whether or not the proportion and circumstances of long-term TANF recipients have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding source: US Department of Health and Human Services, OPRE, Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Network (FSSRN)