Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2008. Appendix A. Program Data



  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
  • Food Stamp Program (FSP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The Welfare Indicators Act of 1994 specifies that the annual welfare indicators reports shall include analyses of families and individuals receiving assistance under three means-tested benefit programs:

  • The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program authorized under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program in 1996);
  • The Food Stamp Program under the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended;
  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program under title XVI of the Social Security Act.

This chapter includes information on these three programs, derived primarily from administrative data reported by state and federal agencies instead of the national survey data presented in previous chapters.  National caseloads and expenditure trend information on each of the three programs is included, as well as state-by-state trend tables and information on the characteristics of program participants.

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