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

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45. Massachusetts
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 42.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.6% (11th lowest)
> Median family income: $106,526 (the highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $712 (8th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 20.9% (19th highest)

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44. Washington
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 39.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.5% (9th lowest)
> Median family income: $92,422 (11th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $654 (11th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 13.2% (20th lowest)

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43. New York
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 38.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.0% (14th highest)
> Median family income: $87,270 (14th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $789 (4th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 28.0% (13th highest)

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42. Delaware
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 35.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.7% (22nd lowest)
> Median family income: $84,825 (17th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $338 (16th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 9.1% (13th lowest)

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41. Hawaii
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 34.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.3% (7th lowest)
> Median family income: $97,813 (5th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $610 (16th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 17.5% (24th highest)

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