Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: TANF AT 10.
"Program Results are More Mixed Than Often Understood" reports the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Under TANF, states received fixed block grants and had broad flexibility to design their own rules for their cash assistance programs, and broad authority to use the block grant resources for other programs outside of cash assistance to assist low-income families, promote marriage, and reduce non-marital childbearing.
A New York Times article reports on the many left behind under TANF.