TANF is the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Core TANF activities include Basic assistance, Work activities, Work supports & supportive services, and Child care.

TANF Spending in Tennessee - $730 million in unused block grant funds for poor working families

Tennessee receives $190.9 million each year through the federal government's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Last year, Beacon found the state spent just $71.1 million of that money, or 37% of the annual block grant amount.

News Channel 9, Chattanooga, alternative source for TANF unused funds in Tennessee.

In 2018, it was reported that Ohio had "$500 million in unused funds from the program’s block grant."

Earlier this year, Mississippi Today reported that "Welfare dollars help fund college scholarships for children of middle-class families."

Thus, do block grants work? Is this the way to go with Medicaid?

FY 2018 Federal TANF & State MOE Financial Data

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Last year, 11,717 low-income

Last year, 11,717 low-income residents of Mississippi applied to get a meager government benefit to help them make ends meet. The state’s welfare program, part of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), gives a maximum of just $170 a month to a family of three. These applicants had applied hoping to get at least that crumb of cash assistance.

But out of the pool—more than 11 thousand—only 167 people were actually approved and enrolled in the program, according to state data obtained by ThinkProgress. Every other applicant was denied or withdrew, resulting in an acceptance rate of just 1.42 percent.

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