Florida does (surprisingly?) well
The total number of persons, both adults and children, receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families decreased in 22 states,
in helping needy families
says a new report from Legal Momentum.
In Florida, the total number of TANF recipients increased 22.2%, from 78,783 to 96,294. That's the seventh biggest increase among all the states.
The total national TANF caseload did increase 4.7% during the first 16 months of the recession, rising from 4,014,111 recipients in December 2007 to 4,202,957 recipients in March 2009. However, this increase was far less than the rise in the real need for assistance which is suggested by the increase over this same period of 20.2% in the number of Food Stamp recipients and of 70% in the unemployment rate.
The numbers underscore the urgent need for federal action to make TANF more accessible and responsive.
See the report and state-by-state numbers here.