Tennessee announces plan to spend some of welfare surplus
Tennessee has announced plans to spend part of $732 million in reserves from a federal welfare program for families with children.
On Tuesday, the Department of Human Services detailed $290 million in planned spending, saying it will also save a $342 million three-year surplus of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money.
Some spending includes nonprofit and community organization grants; home visitation expansion to every county for early intervention; family resource centers expansion; more drug addiction and mental health support; and relative caregivers support.
Other items will fuel a child support unit, employment programming addressing medical and mental health, after-school programs and transportation assistance.
The reserves have faced scrutiny after a Beacon Center of Tennessee report said
Tennessee receives $190.9 million annually through TANF but last year spent $71.1 million.