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DHHS Recovery home > Stimulus Projects and Investment areas > Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Office: Office of Integrated Access and Support
Program: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Budget Estimate: $5,916,931
Federal Agency(s) Social Security Administration / Health & Human Services
  • No dollars were appropriated for any increase in the TANF grant allocation.
  • The ARRA creates an emergency contingency fund from which States can request quarterly grants for three purposes:
    • Caseload increases
    • Increased expenditures related to non-recurrent short term benefits
    • Increased expenditures for subsidized employment These services are matched at 80% federal / 20% state and the dollars must be in addition to what the program has spent in the past.
  • Eligibility for payments from the fund will be triggered if the state’s numbers (caseload data or expenditures) for a given quarter exceed those for the corresponding quarter in the emergency fund base year (either 2007 or 2008) where the state’s enrollment or expenditure data were the lowest.