Pennsylvania Capital Star, February 19
Results of a survey of mothers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash grants. The survey was conducted by Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia. This opinion piece was written by CLS Supervising Attorney Maria Pulzetti.
Background: TANF is the only direct income support for Pennsylvania families in deep poverty. A family of three with no other income receiving the maximum benefit gets just $403 per month, leaving them at just 22 percent of the federal poverty level.