Special Report

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

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50. Vermont
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 71.3 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.4% (8th lowest)
> Median family income: $83,023 (19th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $699 (10th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 13.9% (22nd lowest)

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49. California
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 70.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 9.0% (19th highest)
> Median family income: $89,798 (12th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $878 (3rd highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 38.8% (6th highest)

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48. Minnesota
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 60.1 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 5.6% (2nd lowest)
> Median family income: $92,692 (9th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $632 (13th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 16.4% (25th highest)

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47. Oregon
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 48.6 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.8% (24th lowest)
> Median family income: $80,630 (23rd highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $506 (24th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 34.0% (8th highest)

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46. New Hampshire
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 45.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 4.6% (the lowest)
> Median family income: $97,001 (6th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $1,098 (the highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 42.5% (4th highest)

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