November 9, 2009

Strengthening TANF: SOME's Report

So Others Might Eat has a major new report about the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, set to release on Thursday of this week. Bread for the City clients and staff helped with the research and feedback for the report.

SOME's Joni Podschun, friend of Bread, passes along this notice about the event. This is important stuff about the ways our city is (or isn't) supporting its struggling families, and SOME has lined up an all-star panel to discuss the implications of its findings.

Voices for Change: Perspectives on Strengthening Welfare-to-Work From DC TANF Recipients

Thursday, November 12
9:30 am - 11:00 am
12th Floor of Gewirz Student Center, Georgetown Law Center, 120 F Street NW

16,000 DC families — including one of three children in the city — rely on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for cash assistance, job readiness training, and support services. A successful TANF program is critical to DC’s future. Yet too often, DC’s TANF families say they do not get the support they need to move from welfare to work.

Please join us to hear the key findings and recommendations from a new report by SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat) and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute about improving services for TANF families. The release will feature a short video of DC TANF recipients discussing their experiences with the program and a panel discussion including:

Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on Human Services
Clarence Carter, Director, DC Department of Human Services (invited)
Peter Edelman, Georgetown Law School
Donna Pavetti, national welfare expert at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Please RSVP to Tina Marshall at or 202-408-1080. Light refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome – consumers, advocates, service providers, case workers, researchers, students.

This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.

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