Study: Florida Lags in Getting Stimulus Funds to Needy Families

February 17, 2011 | South Florida Business Journal |  Link to article

Florida lagged behind many smaller states in getting federal stimulus assistance to needy families, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided $5 billion to help families with children impacted by the recession. The funding, which expired Sept. 30, came in the form of basic assistance, short-term benefits and subsidized employment.

Of that, $1.3 billion was used to create subsidized jobs in 39 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This supported 262,520 jobs, according to the study.

However, only 5,588 jobs were supported in Florida. There were 11 states that received more stimulus-funded jobs under TANF, including smaller states such as Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky and Mississippi.

California led all states with 47,184 jobs supported under TANF.

The TANF program in Florida was run through the state's workforce agencies.

Considering all three types of TANF funding, Florida helped families get $180.5 million in federal assistance. That was just 3.6 percent of the total fund.

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