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TANF at Twenty

August 24, 2016
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the law that placed a time limit on cash assistance for poor families with children and required some degree of work, job search, or training to receive benefits. The new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), replaced Aid to...
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#MilitaryMonday: Breastfeeding On-Duty with WIC

August 19, 2016
Imagine flying from Italy to Spain, then boarding another plane from Spain to Virginia, and finally, driving down from Virginia to Tennessee all in a matter of days just to turn around and fly out to California. Sounds exhausting, right? Now add a 5-month-old breastfeeding baby to the mix who is...
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#MilitaryMonday: Serving and Struggling

July 18, 2016
One military mom speaks out before Congress about the struggles her family faced to make ends meet and put food on the table while her husband served in the military.
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Families First Prevention Services Act Introduced

June 30, 2016
On Tuesday, June 21, the House passed by voice vote the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456), introduced in the House by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and others. Many advocacy groups were supportive of this bipartisan bill, which would allow states to use federal child welfare dollars to pay for family services to prevent children from needing to enter foster care. These services could include mental health services, substance abuse services (including opioid and heroin abuse services), or in-home parenting skills programs (including individual and family therapy).
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Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan: 'Better Lipstick. Same Pig.'

June 28, 2016
Author's note: Earlier this month,, we discussed the June 16 event hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity . As part of that event, Melissa Boteach, vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for...
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Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan: 'Better Lipstick. Same Pig.'

June 28, 2016
Author's note: Earlier this month,, we discussed the June 16 event hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity . As part of that event, Melissa Boteach, vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for...
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From trauma to civic engagement: Tacoma mom breaks decades long silence to protect vulnerable teens

June 27, 2016
M ykleAnn kept it bottled up all these years, the memory of the night she'd gone off to a party in Tacoma, looking for fun, and wound up getting raped. She was just 14 years old. Bloodied and bruised, she never uttered a word to anyone out of fear that if her father found out, he would kill the guy...
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LaJuana Clark's Story: 'It's Not How I Start. It's How I Finish.'

June 21, 2016
Author’s note: Last week, we discussed the Coalition on Human Needs' June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity . As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s...
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Paul Ryan’s Recycled, Pro-Poverty Plan

June 16, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently unveiled what he refers to as “ a #BetterWay to fight poverty in America .” With all due respect, sir… First, although “unveiling” generally means to “ show or reveal to others for the first time ,” the agenda released this month presents few new ideas...
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What works in fighting poverty?

June 16, 2016
Poverty has been in the news a lot lately. Two years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s famous War on Poverty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which supplanted Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And a GOP task...
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