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Understanding TANF: A Look at TANF Cash Assistance in Arizona

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Published on Dec 15, 2015

In addition to assistance with housing, employment, and income, families experiencing homelessness often need support with child care, school enrollment, transportation, recreation, and parenting. Set to make things more difficult for those experiencing and overcoming homelessness in Arizona, next year's state fiscal budget calls for significant changes to cash assistance, otherwise known as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Becoming the first and only state to be so stringent on TANF lifetime limits, Arizona yet again solidifies a position as being unkind to youth and children. Beginning next July, cash assistance funds available over the entire course of one's lifetime will now be limited to only 12 months, with months counting back as far as October 2002, despite federal law allowing for up to 60 months. This change has catastrophic implications for homeless and at-risk families. As these changes become reality, and hardship extensions and exemptions are applied for, it will be important to understand the process. Become informed so you will be prepared to advocate.

Webinar hosted by ACESDV & the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness December 9, 2015.

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