Restoring Access to the Safety Net
In 2015, Kansas became a model for welfare reform that harms children and families. The “HOPE” Act shortened cash assistance eligibility, increased work requirements for mothers of infants, and placed unnecessary restrictions on where families can spend their much-needed cash assistance. The legislation kicked thousands of Kansans off welfare rolls, including over 1,000 children since January 2016.
JOIN US: RESTORE THE SAFETY NET
Kansas policymakers can strengthen the safety net in the following ways:
• Repeal policies that prevent families who earn very little money from qualifying for programs designed to help them make ends meet.
• Ensure cash assistance serves the youngest Kansans by repealing work requirements that discourage pregnant mothers and mothers with infants from participating in programs.
• Lift unnecessary barriers to spending cash assistance.
• Focus federal funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) on the core functions of the programs.
Click here to read our report on the Safety Net.
Click here to read our policy brief on the Safety Net.
Click here to read our policy brief on the HOPE Act.
Click here to view an infographic about the Safety Net.
Click here to view an infographic about the importance of high-quality child care.