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Economic Justice

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Background on TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a block-grant program from The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. It is designed to be part of the national safety net, providing block grants to states, territories, and tribes for services, benefits, and administrative costs.

TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependents (AFDC) in 1996, removing entitlement from the program with the stated purpose of overcoming “welfare dependency” and increasing independence.

Letter-to-the-editor Tips

Tips for writing letters to the editor, a great way to express your views to your community as well as members of Congress who read the news publications. Read more

Lobbying Tips

NETWORK's tips for writing, calling and visiting your Member of Congress in Washington or in your district. Read more

Issues

NETWORK’s issue agenda for the 113th Congress is focused on the issue areas below.

In line with our mission as a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, NETWORK’s position on each of these issue areas is informed by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the lived experience of real people. We especially focus on people struggling at the economic margins and see poverty alleviation as an integral part of our mission.

Catholic Social Justice Lobby Responds to New Census Bureau Data on Poverty and Lack of Healthcare

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, issued the following statement about the rising numbers of people in poverty and without health insurance: Read more

Catholic Social Justice Lobby Thanks Pope Benedict XVI for His Strong Statement About Economic Justice

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, welcomes the pope’s new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, which emphasizes the importance of many of NETWORK’s priority issues, including our work for effective ways to address poverty and hunger, justice for immigrants, ecological justice, fair trade, and development. Read more

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