Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Department Of Human Services Announces Updates To Employment And Training Programs For TANF Participants


Harrisburg, PA - Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today outlined recent changes to the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) and Work Ready programs – two comprehensive employment and training programs that provide support for people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to obtain employment skills, prepare for work, and sustain good jobs.

The previous iteration of DHS’s largest employment and training programs prioritized a work-first job placement in any job, regardless of job quality and participant readiness. An analysis of these programs found that for people who left TANF for employment, about 50 percent returned to TANF within a year.

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