Special Report

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

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15. Michigan
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 10.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 9.2% (18th highest)
> Median family income: $75,470 (21st lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $492 (25th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 9.7% (14th lowest)

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14. Kansas
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 9.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.6% (20th lowest)
> Median family income: $77,620 (25th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $429 (21st lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 7.4% (10th lowest)

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13. Utah
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 8.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.3% (7th lowest)
> Median family income: $84,590 (18th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $498 (25th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 17.9% (22nd highest)

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12. South Carolina
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 8.6 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.5% (12th highest)
> Median family income: $68,813 (10th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $305 (13th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 29.4% (9th highest)

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11. Oklahoma
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 8.4 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 11.2% (8th highest)
> Median family income: $67,511 (8th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $292 (11th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 13.3% (21st lowest)

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