The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 established the new and temporary TANF Emergency Contingency Fund, which provides resources to States to support families in need of short-term emergency assistance or employment. States can access emergency contingency funds based on increased expenditures in three categories: basic assistance, short-term non-recurrent benefits, and subsidized employment.


Under TANF ARRA, Illinois can receive 80% federal reimbursement for any increased spending on short-term non-recurrent benefits and subsidized employment programs over a specified base year.


Short-term Non-recurrent Benefits:
Benefits that are designed to deal with a specific crisis situation or episode of need that is not intended to meet recurrent or ongoing needs, and will not extend beyond four months for an individual.


Subsidized Employment:
Activities that are usually categorized as "work subsidies or transitional jobs" that involve payment to employers or third parties to supplement the cost of employee wages, benefits, supervision, and training.


Populations Eligible for Tanf Arra Funded Services

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients
  • TANF eligible individuals with minor children who's annual income falls below 200% of the federal poverty level (minor children and income level must be documented)
  • Under limited circumstances, adults without children may be eligible for subsidized employment services


TANF Emergency Contingency Fund Articles & Reports