Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is TANF is an important tool that states can leverage in connecting families experiencing homelessness to the services they need, including TANF-funded services such as cash assistance and childcare support, and more traditional housing supports such as rapid re-housing programs and subsidized housing. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation contracted Abt Associates to consider the extent to which TANF agencies:
- Use TANF funds for temporary rental assistance;
- Build partnerships with local organizations that plan and manage housing programs; and
- Provide additional supportive services to families experiencing homelessness.
Abt used examples from five communities that took part in a study for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to characterize the approaches.