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TANF benefits have substantially declined in value

TANF benefits have fallen substantially to a point that they are below 1996 levels in 37 states. Learn More »

Since the recession began in 2007, unemployment has increased 88 percent, but the number of families receiving TANF cash assistance has only increased by 14 percent.

In more than 10 states, the number of families receiving cash assistance has actually declined since the recession began. Learn More »

In 21 states, less than one in four poor families received TANF benefits in 2009.

In 21 states less than one in four poor families received TANF benefits in 2009. In Texas, only 8 percent of poor families received TANF. Learn More »

Employment of single mothers declining

Single mothers' employment rates have not risen since 2000 -- and have fallen in the recession. -- CRS Learn More »

79 percent of voters support continuing the TANF Emergency Fund

Nearly four out of five, or 79 percent, support continuing the TANF Emergency Fund. Learn More »
One in four young children are poor

One in four young children are poor

One in four children under the age of 5 were poor in 2009 -- U.S. Census Learn More »

Rising unemployment for women heading families

In July, unemployment for women heading families spiked to 13.4 percent -- BLS Learn More »

Deeply poor families still earn too much for TANF

In more than half the states, a family with earnings at HALF the poverty level earns TOO MUCH to qualify for cash assistance under TANF. Learn More »

TANF Caseloads Have Not Responded to Rising Unemployment

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of families receiving TANF benefits has increased by only 5 percent, and has actually declined by 1.82 percent since October 2006 -- ACF Learn More »

Expanding access to TANF would reduce extreme poverty

800,000 fewer children would be in extreme poverty if the share of eligible families participating in TANF was at 1995 levels -- GAO Learn More »

States project creating 80,000 subsidized jobs

States plan to create more than 80,000 subsidized jobs by September using the TANF Emergency Fund. Learn More »

Rising Share of Poor Single Mothers "Disconnected" from Both Work and Welfare

In 2007, one-third of poor single mothers were not employed and also did not receive cash assistance at any point during the year -- Congressional Research Service Learn More »

TANF Benefits Are Less Than 50 % of Poverty Line

In every state except for Alaska, the maximum TANF benefit for a family of three in 2008 was less than HALF of the federal poverty line.-- CBPP Learn More »

Women Heading Families 50 percent more likely to be unemployed

Women heading families are 50 percent more likely to be unemployed than all adult women. Learn More »
Less Spending on Basic Assistance

Less Spending on Basic Assistance

In 2007, cash assistance counted for only 30 percent of TANF/MOE spending Learn More »
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