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

February 19, 2019

States have broad flexibility over the use of state and federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds, and many spend a significant share of the funds outside the core areas of basic assistance, work activities, work supports, and child care. In 2017, states spent a little less than one-quarter of the funds on basic assistance to meet essential needs of families with children; they invested about 30 percent of the funds on child care for low-income families and work activities and work supports to connect TANF families to employment. They spent the rest — nearly half of all state and federal TANF funds — in other types of services.

These national TANF spending trends, however, mask great variation across states. 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
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