The Washington Post outlines plans from the DC Department of Human Services that would delay scheduled cuts to DC’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Justin Moyer of the Post spoke to advocates for reactions, including Children’s Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow.
The plan would delay 25% cuts currently scheduled to happen in October, and give the department time to review an additional 4,500 cases. The assessments also provide an opportunity to link long-term TANF recipients with counseling and job training to prepare them for benefit cuts. The cuts going through as currently scheduled would be “a disaster” for these families, Sandalow said. “TANF recipients are being given very little help to go from extreme poverty – in many instances generational poverty – to work in a time that there aren’t many jobs around,” she told the Post.