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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Fails to Meet Basic Needs

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides support to families who have little or no income, and is an essential part of the social safety net serving American families. But in every state, families that rely entirely on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for their income are struggling to pay the rent.

We know that inadequate and inconsistent TANF payments is one reason that thousands of families with children experience homelessness each year. And we know that philanthropy can help to change that.

To begin, click on a region. Then click on the state to see state-level data in an infographic. To see municipal level data, hover over the city.