Tag: TANF

WV TANF Misery Index is 160

Legal Momentum just released their newest TANF Misery Index based on 2012 numbers, the latest numbers available.  The TANF misery index measures how TANF is performing in alleviating poverty in families with children in the United States. Legal Momentum has been utilizing the TANF Misery Index since the beginning of the TANF (Temporary Assistance to…
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You Can Earn $8 for Every $1 You Save with WVIDA

The WVIDA Initiative is an asset building tool designed to help low-income families with special savings accounts known as IDA (Individual Development Accounts). IDAs empower them to work toward their goals of owning a home, starting a new business, or getting an education. What makes an IDA so special is that for every dollar you…
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TANF Block Grant has Failed Families in Poverty

The 1996 welfare reform laws replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Some policymakers including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan want to use the block grant model to restructure other programs such as Medicaid and SNAP (foodstamps). The Center on Budget and…
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TANF Waivers: Might Be a Good Thing

There has been much discussion lately about TANF Waivers and the idea that these Waivers will gut the current Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.  This is wrong; these Waivers will provide states the opportunity to tailor their programs to fit the needs of the people of their state.  This might be a good…
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