We need your help! Tell us how cuts to the TANF program have impacted you or your agency

As you know from reading this blog, there have been a lot of changes to safety net programs for Oregon families over the past several months due to state budget cuts. The Oregon State Legislature needs to know what the impact of the cuts were, and you now have an opportunity to help us tell the story!

In August, a workgroup was formed which is seeking to help the Legislature understand the impact of the budget cuts that were made during the 2011 Legislative session. The workgroup is mainly comprised of DHS staff, but also incorporate partners, including members of the TANF Alliance, such as Neighborhood Partnerships.

As part of the workgroup’s interest in understanding the impact of the budget cuts, we have created a survey. The survey is sponsored by the workgroup, the Family Services Review Commission, the Oregon Department of Human Services, among others.

We need your help! Please consider filling out this survey on changes to the TANF Program! Have the changes to the TANF program affected your agency or your agency’s ability to serve clients? We want to hear from you!

We’d like to hear from organizations or churches that serve people who also receive TANF, current or former TANF clients, family and friends of someone with TANF benefits, people who have applied for TANF, and DHS case workers or JOBS contractors.

Help us tell the Oregon legislature how changes to the TANF program are affecting families with children by filling out this survey: http://www.fsrcoregon.org/. The survey is available now until Wednesday, November 9th. Please fill it out today!

This survey is anonymous and participation will NOT affect anyone’s TANF benefits. You will not be asked to share your name.

Thank you for sharing your story. This information can help shape the future of TANF in Oregon. Interested in passing along the survey to others? Download a flyer here: http://bit.ly/v73dmf. Questions? Contact Alison at amcintosh@neighborhoodpartnerships.org or Jessica at TANFsurvey@gmail.com or 503.595.5501 x305.