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Blog: Child Nutrition Briefing - "the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced..."

Sep 21, 2010 | By Laura Quigley, NETWORK Intern

This morning, Casey and I attended a briefing about child nutrition reauthorization that was sponsored by Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks that operate throughout the country. I have to say, it was probably the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced during my time as an intern at NETWORK. Read more

NETWORK Releases Troubling Report Showing How People in Poverty Are Struggling During the Economic Recession

Since TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) was created in the 1996 welfare reform law, NETWORK has conducted periodic surveys to evaluate its effectiveness. TANF Tested: Lives of People in Poverty, our new report, reveals how people in poverty -- who are too often ignored -- are struggling in this time of economic hardship and high unemployment. Read more

Blog: Shocking Poverty Statistics

Sep 16, 2010 | By Mary Georgevich

Today, the United States Census Bureau announced the poverty statistics for 2009. The numbers are pretty shocking for me: 43.56 million people were living in poverty in 2009. Read more

NETWORK Calls for Government Action on Dramatic Rise in Poverty

In response to today’s U.S. Census Bureau’s release of the 2009 poverty data, Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, stated: “These poverty statistics underscore the grim fact that people who benefited the least from the last economic boom are the ones who are suffering the most in this severe recession... Read more

The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S.714)

The United States has the highest per capita rate of incarceration of any developed nation. Read more

Blog: Making the Tax Code Work for Working Families

Sep 09, 2010 | By Jean Sammon

A recent presentation at the Center for American Progress included several experts who stressed the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Read more

Blog: Addressing Family Adversity through Comprehensive and Holistic Approaches

Jul 28, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

Critical in the conversation on the effectiveness of our federal social service system are the issues faced by families who need multiple forms of support and by non-custodial fathers. Both of these problems were brought to light in a presentation sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) yesterday, entitled, “Social Service Systems: Adapting to Families’ Needs and Adversity.” Read more

Glossary of Terms Related to TANF

AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a program jointly financed by the federal and state government to provide cash assistance to needy families with children. The program ran from 1935 to 1995, and replaced by TANF in 1996.

 

ARRA: The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was legislated in 2009 to provide emergency support during the 2008-09 recession.

TANF Tested: Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession

See the results of NETWORK's study on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and reflect on the lives of families in poverty during the recession. Read more

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