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State Fact Sheets: How States Spend Funds Under the TANF Block Grant

UPDATED
February 25, 2020

States have broad flexibility over the use of state and federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. Many have used that flexibility to divert funds away from income support for families and toward other state budget areas often unrelated to TANF’s goals. In 2018, states spent only about a fifth of the funds on basic assistance to meet essential needs of families with children. Investments in cash assistance can improve academic, health, and economic outcomes for children in families in poverty, research shows.

These national TANF spending trends also mask great variation across states; some 11 states spent less than 10 percent of TANF funds on basic assistance. In the map below, click on a state for a fact sheet detailing how it spends its state and federal TANF funds.

Click on the state abbreviation (above) or name (below) to jump to its fact sheets.

State-specific fact sheets containing information on TANF spending trends
Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
United States