The federal government has made a long-standing commitment to supporting healthy relationships and stable families. The Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) believe that children do best when they have the support of both parents and when their parents have healthy relationships with each other.
The Office of Family Assistance encourages states and tribes to explore the use of TANF funds to support programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), that help struggling families and children over the summer months.
This letter encourages states and tribes to disregard income that TANF recipients receive as census employees for purposes of TANF eligibility in the 2010 census period. Doing so would mean that temporary income from census employment would not result in TANF recipients losing financial assistance access without gaining long-term employment.