Last month our partners at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance and a group of grassroots leaders who have direct experience receiving TANF released a research report on the Illinois Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF).

The report is titled “Resigned to the Process: Barriers to Accessing and Maintaining TANF among Low-Income Families with Young Children in Illinois.”

The mixed methods study included individual interviews with TANF applicants and customers, a statewide survey with TANF caseworkers and an analysis of TANF administrative data. The report includes key finding and policy recommendations at the federal and state level.

The Executive Summary and full report are available.


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