Monday numbers

Monday numbers

TANF-4002

19—number of years since Congress passed welfare reform that changed the major cash assistance program for low-income families from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) that gave responsibility to states for providing a safety net (“TANF Continues to Weaken as a Safety Net, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 27, 1015)

68—number of families out of 100 families in poverty nationally that received cash assistance when TANF was first enacted in 1996 (Ibid)

14—number of families out of 100 families in poverty nationally that received cash assistance from TANF in 2014 (Ibid)

157,800—number of families with children in North Carolina living in poverty in 1995-1996 (Ibid)

57,400—number of families with children in North Carolina living in deep poverty with incomes less than half of the federal poverty level, in 1995-1996 (Ibid)

116,400—number of families in North Carolina who received cash assistance under AFDC in 1995-1996 (Ibid)

261,400—number of families with children in North Carolina living in poverty in 2013-2014 (Ibid)

124,900—number of families with children in North Carolina living in deep poverty in 2013-2014 (Ibid)

19,700—number of families in North Carolina who received cash assistance under TANF in 2013-2014 (Ibid)

74—number of families out of 100 families in poverty in North Carolina that received cash assistance when TANF was first enacted in 1996 (Ibid)

8—number of families out of 100 families in poverty in North Carolina that received cash assistance in 2014 (Ibid)

429—amount in dollars of national median benefit to low-income families under TANF (Ibid)

272—amount in dollars benefit to North Carolina low-income families under TANF (Ibid)

214,600—number of people unemployed in North Carolina in December 2006 (Ibid)

250,000—number of people unemployed in North Carolina in December 2014 (Ibid)

17—percentage increase in number of people unemployed from December 2006 to December 2014 (Ibid)

28,800—number of TANF cases in North Carolina in December 2006 (Ibid)

18,600—number of TANF cases in North Carolina in December 2014 (Ibid)

35—percentage decrease in number of TANF cases in North Carolina from December 2006 to December 2014 (Ibid)

8—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states for the lowest percentage of poor families with children receiving TANF benefits (Ibid)

4—number of years since then House Speaker Thom Tillis said he wanted to “divide and conquer” people on public assistance (Thom Tillis uncensored, N.C, Policy Watch, October 11, 2011)