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Resigned to the Process: Barriers to Accessing and Maintaining TANF among Low-Income Families with Young Children in Illinois

October 7, 2022

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash payments to help extremely low-income families gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. Emerging research suggests that TANF policies, including eligibility requirements and sanction procedures, create barriers to accessing and maintaining TANF benefits that disproportionally impact certain families based on their race.The Social IMPACT Research Center (IMPACT) at Heartland Alliance was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to explore barriers to enrolling in TANF among families with young children in Illinois. The project was implemented in partnership with the Chicago Coalitionfor the Homeless (CCH), and a research advisory board (RAB) of grassroots leaders in Chicago who have direct experience receiving TANF.

Executive Summary - Resigned to the Process: Barriers to Accessing and Maintaining TANF among Low-Income Families with Young Children in Illinois

October 7, 2022

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash payments to help extremely low-income families gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. Emerging research suggests that TANF policies, includingeligibility requirements and sanction procedures, createbarriers to accessing and maintaining TANF benefits that disproportionally impact certain families based on their race.The Social IMPACT Research Center (IMPACT) at HeartlandAlliance was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood JohnsonFoundation (RWJF) to explore barriers to enrolling in TANF among families with young children in Illinois. The project was implemented in partnership with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), and a research advisory board (RAB) of grassroots leaders in Chicago who have direct experience receiving TANF.

2015 State Rankings Data

March 16, 2015

This companion to the report Poor by Comparison contains state rankings on over 25 different indicators related to poverty.

Creating Opportunity for Immigrant Women and Girls in the Chicago Region: Recommendations for the Chicago Foundation for Women's Civic Plan

February 24, 2015

Division sought to understand what economic, health, and violence-related issues are most pressing for immigrant women in the Chicago region, their families, and their communities. These findings are the result of a research and information gathering process with Chicago-area immigrant women, social service providers who work with immigrant communities, a literature review on related topics, and a scan of change efforts in other states and localities related to issues impacting immigrant women and their families. This report documents the key issues facing immigrant women in the Chicago region and prioritizes those concerns into actionable micro- and systems-level recommended change efforts. The Chicago Foundation for Women is building the concerns of immigrant women into their Civic Plan, and other community organizations and advocates can learn from the voices of impacted women themselves to ensure their efforts are aligned with the true needs and desires of the community.

Poor by Comparison: Report on Illinois Poverty

January 29, 2015

A report that examines how Illinois compares to other states on over 25 key metrics associated with poverty and hardship. In addition to addressing the state budget's structural deficit and tax policy, the report offers additional recommendations that, if implemented, would help ensure the people of Illinois can live the best lives possible and make Illinois more competitive in the process.

Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty Annual Report 2014

September 18, 2014

It has been 6 years since the State of Illinois formed the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty to help reduce poverty throughout Illinois. In 2010 the Commission issued its recommended strategy in Building a Pathway to Dignity & Work and has since been monitoring Illinois's progress toward the goal of cutting extreme poverty in half. In this 2014 Annual Report, the Commission provides an analysis of progress toward that goal over the past year and recommendations for 2015.

Poverty Fact Sheets for Illinois House Districts

February 24, 2014

These poverty fact sheets provide data for each Illinois House District on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.

Poverty Fact Sheets for Illinois Senate Districts

February 24, 2014

These poverty fact sheets provide data for each Illinois Senate District on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.

Poverty Fact Sheet for Illinois House District 103

January 2, 2014

These poverty fact sheets provide data for Illinois House District 103 on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.

Poverty Fact Sheet for Illinois Senate District 22

January 2, 2014

This poverty fact sheet provides data for Illinois Senate District 22 on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.

Poverty Fact Sheet for Illinois Senate District 34

January 2, 2014

This poverty fact sheet provides data for Illinois Senate District 34 on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.

Poverty Fact Sheet for Illinois House District 2

January 1, 2014

These poverty fact sheets provide data for Illinois House District 2 on poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, health care, affordable housing, retirement savings, and more.