Special Report

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

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35. Montana
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 23.1 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.7% (22nd lowest)
> Median family income: $72,773 (14th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $588 (17th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 36.0% (7th highest)

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34. Iowa
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 22.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.1% (19th lowest)
> Median family income: $79,186 (25th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $426 (20th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 15.9% (25th lowest)

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33. Maine
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 22.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.7% (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $76,192 (23rd lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $620 (15th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 29.4% (10th highest)

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32. Connecticut
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 21.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.7% (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $102,061 (4th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $709 (9th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 7.2% (9th lowest)

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31. Kentucky
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 20.6 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 12.3% (4th highest)
> Median family income: $65,893 (6th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $262 (5th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 68.3% (the highest)

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