North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Using TANF to Support and Improve Efforts to End Family Homelessness

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is an important resource for homeless advocates and planners to be using to help homeless and low-income families. While “TANF” is often used to describe the cash assistance program, states use TANF resources for a host of other supports for low-income families. Many of these supports are also available to families who are not on the cash assistance program. TANF is a critical resource that can be better used to end family homelessness.
After providing a brief background of the TANF program and the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund, this National Alliance to End Homelessness brief describes steps local homelessness leaders can take to improve family outcomes and provides examples of how these steps are being implemented in communities across the country.
Read the full brief here or download it from the National Alliance to End Homelessness's website at
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