Senior Policy Analyst
Twenty years after Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) inception, few poor families actually receive cash assistance under it and, for those who do, state benefit levels are low and are losing value. Our new series of maps illustrates the decline of this cash assistance safety net.
The maps showcase three different aspects of TANF’s safety net and illustrate how they’ve varied over time and from state to state. Users can select maps that display for each state:
All of the maps provide data since TANF’s 1996 inception. As users click across the years, they can see how TANF’s reach and the adequacy of its benefits have fallen over time.
Users can get state-specific data by hovering over and clicking on a state. For example, a visitor interested in Kansas can learn from the maps that: