During COVID-19, States Should Continue Waiving TANF Work Requirements and Time Limits

A recent publication from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) suggests several actions that states can take to increase access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as welfare) during this economic and public health crisis. One way to do this is to waive work requirements or grant good cause exemptions for those impacted by COVID19. States that have already waived or temporarily suspended TANF work requirements include Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington. Additionally, some states— such as California, Connecticut, and Minnesota—have temporarily frozen time limits on the number of months a family can receive TANF over a lifetime. #covid-19

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