Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Contact: Jessica Chanay

Deputy Director

Email, (503) 595-5501, Ext. 305

March 27, 2012

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TANF in the News 

May 21 The Washington Examiner Extra revenue put safety net on life support

May 21 Oregonian Restoring a safety net that offers actual support

May 18 Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Faith leaders issue moral challenge to legislature

May 18 Catholic Sentinel Religious leaders seek to hold line on social spending

May 12 OregonLive Oregon needs to make the right choice

May 10 OPB News Lawmakers grapple with cuts to social assistance

May 8 Oregonian Mend the tattered safety net

May 6 OregonLive Oregon's budget priorities: it's too soon to uproot the foundations we've laid

May 5 OregonLive Multnomah County Board of Commissioners condemns Oregon legislature proposal to cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

May 4 OregonLive A Moral Challenge

May 2 OPB Think Out Loud: Families Facing Cuts

May 2 BlueOregon Do the math: How Kitzhaber's plan adds up to throwing poor kids out into the street

May 2 KLCC Radio Advocates hope to prevent TANF cuts

May 1 OregonLive: Cuts to needy families: Governor Kitzhaber, fix the plumbing

Apr 28 OPB Radio: 2011 Session Coverage

Apr 27 Oregonian: Budget cuts could give Oregon the shortest time limits in the nation for cash assistance program

Apr 13 OregonLive - Streetroots: Cutting assistance will put families on the street

Apr 7 KBOO Radio: Harming poor kids: a look at Governor Kitzhaber's proposed "reform" of TANF

Apr 6 OregonLive: Big crowd asks lawmakers to spare assistance programs

Apr 6 Statesman Journal: Legislative hearing brings a plea to save family assistance

Apr 5 Oregon Center for Public Policy releases report: Oregon can do better than harm poor kids

Apr 2 Statesman Journal: Proposal would make bad situation worse

 

What's at stake

TANF helps extremely low-income families with children maintain stability during a financial crisis and connect to epmployment. Over 90% of families have zero income. For most of them, TANF is their only support and often the last resort before homelessness.

Update:

Advocates worked hard during the 2012 Legislative session to prevent further cuts to TANF and to restore some of the previous reductions. We had mixed success. Read the 2012 TANF Legislative Wrap-up report to learn more.

TANF legislative agenda for 2012:

Do no further harm - no more cuts to TANF.

Oregon families are already struggling with existing reductions. We cannot afford to make the situation worse.

Restore critical services. See below.

1. Invest in the JOBS program
The JOBS program was reduced from $115 million to $60 million. Only one out of four families are getting help with childcare and tranportation to new find jobs. Investments in JOBS will connect families to employment and help lift their children out of poverty.
UPDATE: The legislature released $9 million for the JOBS program during the 2012 session. This will help more families get the assistance they need to find employment and address barriers; however, many will families will continue to receive no assistance.
2. Protect Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC)
ERDC helps families earning less than 185% FPL maintain employment by providing susidized childcare. We need to honor our committment to working families and businesses by dedicated more funds to this program.

UPDATE: The Legislature funded ERDC to serve 8,500 families, although approsimately 3,000 are on the waiting list.

3. Fund Post-TANF beyond June 30, 2012
A monthly stipend of $50 helps 2,200 TANF families stay employed and off of TANF. This support helps cover gas and other job-related expenses.

UPDATE: The legislature ended funding for the Post-TANF program effective April 30, 2012, two months earlier than projected.

4. Families with a disabled caretaker need support
Families struggling with a disability have lost a portion of their monthly grant that helps them make ends meet while applying for federal SSI/SSDI benefits (State Family Pre-SSI program). These families need help covering their basic needs, and the state will recover the majority of its costs once federal benefits are awarded.

UPDATE: The Legislature did not restore funds to this program.

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