Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF) Essay by Research Group

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
This paper discusses the historical origins, impact and success or failure of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program enacted into law in 1996.
# 25889 | 2,375 words | 17 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses that TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Families (AFDC) portion of federally financed welfare assistance and was radically different than it. This paper describes that TANF consists of block grants of fixed amounts of federal funds to the states, which are free to provide welfare assistance to the poor on such terms as they individually see fit, subject to only to constitutional requirements and federal guidelines. The author feels that the aim of the TANF is to reduce the welfare rolls and associated costs by imposing time and other limitations on the availability of welfare benefits and by encouraging the transition of recipients from welfare to work.

Table of Contents
Demands for Welfare Reform in the 1980s
First Three Years of Clinton Administration (1993-1995)
Passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
Evaluation of the Impact and Success or Failure of TANF

From the Paper:

"Federal relief was originally intended as a temporary measure designed to alleviate the suffering caused by the economic dislocation produced by the Great Depression. President Franklin Roosevelt said at the time he introduced the Federal Relief Act in 1935 that "continued dependence on relief induces spiritual and moral degeneration." Primary reliance was on make work jobs as a source of income. AFDC was added as supplementary relief for families where the principal breadwinner was dead, absent or disabled. Over time, AFDC was expanded to include survivors and dependent coverage. In 1960s under Lyndon Johnson's anti-poverty program, additional federal and state financial assistance to poor families was provided in the form of free food stamps and school lunches, free or subsidized health care, education and housing, and aid to the elderly and disabled."

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