News Story (Pennsylvania)
August 18, 2016
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Tags: Public Benefits
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
“We think there’s a perfect storm,” said Kristen Dama, supervising attorney at CLS.
The report lays out several solutions for improving TANF, including retraining caseworkers, offering non-recurring grants for special needs such as back-to-school clothes or diapers, and raising grant levels. Those grant levels haven’t changed since 1990.
A single mother with two children, Pennsylvania’s most common TANF enrollee, gets $403 a month. The federal poverty line is $1,680 a month.
CLS would also like to make it easier for applicants to apply for jobs while they’re waiting to be accepted into the program, a requirement.