“To escape poverty, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients need good jobs that are growing, are in demand, and provide self-sufficient wages. However, it is often a challenge to connect TANF recipients and other low-income families with these good jobs. Many good jobs require training, education, and credentials beyond the high school level, which most TANF recipients and similar low-income families lack. In addition, without the right tools and resources, it can be difficult to determine which jobs are growing, are in demand, and pay self-sufficient wages.
[Nonetheless], many resources are available, especially from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), to help programs and frontline staff. These resources can be used to locate good jobs in their geographic area, match clients’ skills and interests to those good jobs, and identify additional education and training clients may require. However, agencies serving TANF recipients, administrators, and direct service staff may be unaware of these resources and how to use them, especially if they are not connected to workforce service providers. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which makes TANF a required partner for the workforce system, provides an opportunity to increase awareness of these resources and catalyze cross-agency collaboration in using these resources.
To help bridge this gap between TANF and the workforce system, [in 2015] Mathematica conducted a resource scan and identified, examined, and catalogued resources that state and local TANF agencies can use to help connect TANF recipients and other low-income families with good jobs. [The authors] gathered information from a broad range of resources, including research studies, technical assistance tools, client assessments, and data sets....
This resource guide contains a summary overview and appendix tables. The overview highlights the key resources [the authors] identified, and the appendix tables catalogue them. This overview discusses the types of resources [the authors] identified and why TANF agencies should consider using them, the potential uses of the resource guide, and how various audiences, including TANF administrators and policymakers, direct service staff, and researchers, may benefit” (p.4).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)