Deeply poor families still earn too much for TANF

In July 2013, in more than half the states, a family with earnings at 50% of the Federal Poverty Level earned too much to qualify for cash assistance under TANF. 

CLASP calculation based on Urban Insitute's Welfare Rules Database, Table I.E.4.

 

State

Monthly maximum earnings an applicant can receive and still be eligible for assistance

 

Yearly Maximum Earnings

 

Yearly maximum earnings as % of FPL

Alabama $269 $3,225 16.51
Alaska $1,631 $18,648 80.18
Arizona $585 $7,020 35.94
Arkansas $279 $3,345 17.13
California $1,289 $15,468 79.20
Colorado $421 $5,052 25.87
Connecticut $880 $10,560 54.07
Delaware $428 $5,136 26.30
D.C. $588 $7,056 36.13
Florida $393 $4,716 24.15
Georgia $514 $6,168 31.58
Hawaii $1,740 $20,880 92.92
Idaho $648 $7,776 39.82
Illinois $814 $9,765 50.00
Indiana $378 $4,536 23.23
Iowa $1,061 $12,735 65.21
Kansas $519 $6,228 31.89
Kentucky $908 $10,896 55.79
Louisiana $359 $4,308 22.06
Maine $1,023 $12,276 62.86
Maryland $719 $8,628 44.18
Massachusetts $708 $8,496 43.50
Michigan $803 $9,636 49.34
Minnesota $1,105 $13,260 67.90
Mississippi $458 $5,496 28.14
Missouri $557 $6,684 34.22
Montana $817 $9,808 50.22
Nebraska $923 $11,076 56.71
Nevada $1,526 $18,315 93.78
New Hampshire $844 $10,125 51.84
New Jersey $636 $7,632 39.08
New Mexico $1,017 $12,204 62.49
New York $879 $10,548 54.01
North Carolina $681 $8,172 41.84
North Dakota $1,169 $14,028 75.70
Ohio $814 $9,765 50.00
Oklahoma $824 $9,888 50.63
Oregon $616 $7,392 37.85
Pennsylvania $681 $8,172 41.84
Rhode Island $1,277 $15,324 78.46
South Carolina $1,471 $17,649 90.37
South Dakota $816 $9,792 50.14
Tennessee $1,315 $15,780 80.80
Texas $401 $4,807 24.61
Utah $668 $8,016 41.04
Vermont $1,053 $12,636 64.70
Virginia $547 $6,564 33.61
Washington $954 $11,448 58.62
West Virginia $565 $6,780 34.72
Wisconsin $0 $0 0.00
Wyoming $815 $9,780 50.08
Massachusetts value shown is for non-exempt cases; Virginia value shown is for VIEW cases.  Wisconsin is missing because units with full time employment (generally greater than 30 hours a week) will not receive a cash benefit in the state.

2013 FPL was $19,530 for a family of three in all states, except for Alaska ($24,410) and Hawaii ($22,470).

 

 

 

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