Issue Brief 10-25
June 8, 2010

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated information on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) emergency contingency fund (ECF). As of June 3, 2010, 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have successfully applied for emergency funds. Overall, states have accessed $2.7 billion of the $5 billion available in the fund. The remaining funds are available for obligation by HHS until September 30, 2010, when the program expires. However, the House recently passed legislation to extend the fund and appropriate $2.5 billion in federal fiscal year (FY) 2011