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Study: TANF Dollars Not Reaching The Poor

Ohio receives more than 727 million dollars from the federal government each year to help the state's poorest families. 

But a new report shows much of that money isn't making it to those families. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

It’s called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.  Tara Britton with the Center for Community Solutions says Ohio routinely underspends these dollars and, as a result, has more than $500 million in reserve. And she says it’s not because there are fewer people who need it.


We are just not connecting them with the program.”


Britton says changes made in the past decade…things like time limits and workforce requirements…have made it harder for very poor Ohioans to access the money. In 2008, she says 173,000 Ohioans got that money while this year 93,000 receive it.


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