FY 2020 TANF and Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Financial Data
In fiscal year (FY) 2020, combined federal TANF and state MOE expenditures and transfers totaled $31.6 billion. Of that amount only 22.3 percent was spent on basic assistance, compared to 70.9 percent in FY 1997. The share of funds spent on basic assistance varied widely by state, with 30 states spending less than 20 percent of TANF and MOE funds on basic assistance. Explore the national and state data in detailed tables, pie charts, and an interactive map.
TANF’s 25th Anniversary
August 22, 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of TANF. While TANF has not always served families well, there are policies and programs that state and tribal TANF programs can adopt to improve outcomes for low-income families. See ACF Acting Assistant Secretary Chang’s Dear Colleague Letter marking the anniversary.
Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established a new $1 billion Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund to assist needy families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. States, the District of Columbia, tribes operating a tribal TANF program, and all five U.S. territories are eligible to receive funds. The Office of Family Assistance has published some initial resources on the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund.
Tribal TANF Programs and COVID-19 Questions and Answers
New Tribal TANF PI addresses common questions about how Tribal TANF can be used to alleviate the COVID-19 economic crisis for families, and what administrative flexibilities are available to programs.
TANF and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Q&A
New PI outlines TANF flexibilities for states, territories, and tribes to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
OFA administers several key federal grant programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Tribal programs, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood, and Health Profession Opportunity Grants.
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