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NHLA attorneys write about their victory for low-income children with disabilities

Posted Jun 22, 2017

NHLA Litigation Director Kay Drought and Staff Attorney Ruth Heintz were commissioned by the Clearinghouse Community of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law to write about their victory in the Hendricks et al vs NH case which protected federal assistance for children with disabilities.


"Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a lifeline for many of our clients. While even the maximum benefit amounts are shockingly low, TANF can be indispensable for a family temporarily in need. A single parent may be in the workforce and lose a job due to a child being sick one too many days. Unemployment benefits may be available for a time, but when eligibility runs out, only TANF is left. Finding and maintaining employment in a rural state with little public transportation outside the few cities is extremely difficult without a reliable car. Subsidized housing is scarce, and the wait for a housing voucher can be a decade. Situations such as these are why TANF exists and must remain available. TANF is designed to “provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives.”

Read their reflections on the case here.