Today the Department of Social and Health Services stops the payment of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to more than 5,000 families raising approximately 10,000 children across the state.
“Today is a sad day for the state of Washington,” says Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould. “The recession has already pushed 40,000 of Washington’s children into poverty. Now, one of the public structures that helps families survive hard times is being dismantled when it is needed most.”
The parents who are forced off assistance today have been meeting the state’s requirements for job search, community service or training, but haven’t yet found a job that will pull their families out of poverty. Despite their efforts, they have surpassed the five-year lifetime limit imposed on the state’s programs after federal welfare reform.