DCentric » TANF http://dcentric.wamu.org Race, Class, The District. Wed, 16 May 2012 20:20:35 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Copyright © WAMU D.C. To Consider Allowances For Longtime Welfare Recipients http://dcentric.wamu.org/2012/04/d-c-to-consider-allowances-for-longtime-welfare-recipients/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2012/04/d-c-to-consider-allowances-for-longtime-welfare-recipients/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:54:37 +0000 Elahe Izadi http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=15717 Continue reading ]]> D.C., just like the federal government, has a five-year time limit for how long families can stay on welfare, now called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. But the city has faced difficulties in getting longtime recipients off of assistance. And now the city council will consider a bill that would let some people to stay on assistance beyond five years.

The bill doesn’t change the five-year time limit, but it does give longtime TANF recipients an extra year to prepare for the end of benefits. Also, anyone in a post-secondary education or a D.C. Department of Employment Services job training program would still be able to receive checks for two extra years. The bill includes exemptions for people who face hardships that prevent them from getting a job, based somewhat on Maryland’s TANF rules, according to a statement by Councilman Michael Brown (At-large).

The bill passed the human services committee Wednesday and will now go before the full council.

About 8 percent of D.C. residents are on TANF, and more than 230,000 D.C. residents receive either food stamps, Medicaid or welfare checks. Food stamp usage in D.C. went up between 2009 and 2010

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