Guest blog written by: Chaer Robert, Former Board Chair, and current Manager Of Family Economic Security Program at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP). CCLP is an organizational member of the Women's Lobby of Colorado.
We all want to give Colorado’s children the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Despite receiving Medicaid and food stamps for health and nutritional needs, a parent trying to support herself and her child on $364 a month likely struggles to maintain shelter and transportation while having enough funds to cover essentials like diapers and toilet paper.
Under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which serves approximately 20 percent of eligible Colorado families living under 100 percent of the federal poverty level, custodial parents can receive a paltry $364 a month to defray living expenses — with a requirement that parents work toward securing employment. For many TANF recipients, simply getting through the day often takes time and energy away from long-term steps to greater economic stability. Stability, let along progress, is challenging when the assistance the program provides leaves a family at 27 percent of the federal poverty level. The program reached only 17,756 recipients – the poorest of the poor – in 2015.
The Women's Lobby of Colorado is a proud supporter of bills that support women and children in Colorado like SB15-012- TANF Child Support Pass Through.