Special Report

States Where It's Most Difficult to Get Welfare - Even If You Need It

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5. North Carolina
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 5.4 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.0% (14th highest)
> Median family income: $70,978 (13th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $272 (6th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 5.9% (7th lowest)

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4. Louisiana
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 3.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 14.2% (2nd highest)
> Median family income: $65,427 (5th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $240 (3rd lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 7.1% (8th lowest)

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3. Arkansas
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 3.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 11.8% (6th highest)
> Median family income: $62,067 (3rd lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $204 (the lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 5.1% (4th lowest)

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2. Mississippi
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 3.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 15.0% (the highest)
> Median family income: $58,923 (the lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $260 (4th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 5.3% (5th lowest)

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1. Texas
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 3.5 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.9% (9th highest)
> Median family income: $76,073 (22nd lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $308 (14th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 4.6% (2nd lowest)

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