Only 23 out of 100 poor children received TANF cash assistance in 2009

The number of poor children rose sharply in 2009 due to the recession.  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance caseloads rose as well, but didn't keep up.  As a result, for every 100 children who were poor in 2009, only 22.5 received TANF cash assistance during the average month, down from 27 in 2008.  In 1996, prior to welfare reform, 62 children received cash assistance for every 100 in poverty.

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CLASP calculation based on U.S. Census data and TANF caseload data.

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