Support Families Without Requiring Work Activities
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) and its partners have submitted written testimony for a hearing on state waivers for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
Submitted on March 14, 2013 to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, the testimony addresses the Administration’s decision, laid out in an information memorandum released by the Administration in July 2012, to grant states, in the form of waivers, greater flexibility in determining work activity requirements for families receiving TANF assistance.
At the House hearing in February 2013, several witnesses testified that such waivers permit state TANF agencies to provide support to families without requiring them to participate in work activities, including job search and community service.
The written testimony submitted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) TANF Task Force, of which the Alliance is a member, argues that such waivers are necessary because the current rules specifying work activities are too limited and the number of hours required too inflexible for families who face significant barriers to employment, such as homelessness.
Last week, the House voted to prohibit the Administration from granting any waivers as outlined in the Information Memorandum. The Senate has not yet addressed the issue.