Special Report

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

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20. Tennessee
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 15.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.6% (10th highest)
> Median family income: $68,793 (9th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $387 (18th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 10.6% (16th lowest)

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19. Florida
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 13.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 9.4% (17th highest)
> Median family income: $69,670 (11th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $303 (12th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 14.1% (24th lowest)

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18. North Dakota
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 11.6 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.2% (5th lowest)
> Median family income: $86,798 (15th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $486 (24th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 9.8% (15th lowest)

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17. Missouri
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 11.3 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.9% (21st highest)
> Median family income: $72,834 (15th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $292 (11th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 8.5% (12th lowest)

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16. Idaho
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 11.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.1% (24th highest)
> Median family income: $70,885 (12th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $309 (15th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 18.1% (21st highest)

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