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- Our Take on COVID TANF Options
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Send Cash to Hardest-Hit Families
Essentially, that means that in times of crisis, we can send a rapid support directly to families. These benefits are short term in that they cannot last longer than four months and can be cash or services paid directly from TANF.
While safeguards are in place to stop the most damaging impacts of the COVID-19 crisis from happening right away, such as eviction and utility shut off moratoriums, bills will still accumulate throughout this crisis – and in fact, could increase temporarily as families rely on their utilities throughout the day or work to meet the needs of children home from school. The need for funds will not diminish over time. Additionally, our most vulnerable Hoosiers likely have no cushion available as they wait for federal benefits to arrive – and may be unlikely to receive the stimulus payments Congress just passed altogether.
[i] Links to each State's TANF program can be found at