As lawmakers look for ways to fill Oregon’s multi-billion dollar budget short fall they are considering shrinking the lifetime limit of temporary cash and other assistance for families to 18 months. If passed, Oregon would have the shortest time limit for such assistance in the country.
The program facing cuts is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. It provides finacial and social assistance for low-income families. Now, individuals receiving funds from TANF can do so for 60 months. By reducing the time-limit to 18 months, Oregon would save $11.6 million over the next two years.
Have you ever recieved funding from TANF? Do you work with TANF recipiments? What impacts would these cuts make?
- Jessica Chanay: Deputy Director Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
- Erinn Kelley-Siel: Acting Director of Department of Human Services