This guide suggests some of the many flexible ways States may expend their Federal TANF and State MOE funds to further the purposes of the TANF program. This guide is organized into seven sections: (1) Introduction provides some background information, explaining what progress has been made on welfare reform, what the funding situation is, the purposes of TANF, and the purpose of this guide; (2) Considerations in Deciding Whether A Use of Funds is Appropriate presents a list of factors which a State would consider in deciding what benefits and services to fund with Federal or State dollars; (3) Federal TANF Funds addresses the basic criteria that apply to the expenditure of the Federal block grant funds; (4) State Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) Funds addresses the basic criteria for determining whether State expenditures would count as part of the minimum State financial contribution to the TANF program; (5) Appropriate Uses of Funds provides numerous examples of benefits and services that might be paid for with Federal TANF or State MOE funds; (6) Additional Considerations provides more detailed information about the potential implications of providing "assistance" and other kinds of benefits under the TANF program. It also provides more detailed information about what kinds of expenditures are allowable; and (7) General Guidance and References identifies additional sources of information about the appropriate use of Federal and State funds. It also includes a chart summarizing the specific program requirements that would apply under different State program designs. (Author abstract)
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