Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Fourteenth Report to Congress. Table TANF 6. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Payments: 1962 – 2012

09/22/2015

 

 

Monthly Benefit per Recipient

Average Number of Persons per Family

Monthly Benefit
per Family
(not reduced by Child Support)

Weighted Average 1
Maximum Benefit
(per 3-person Family)

 

Fiscal Year

Current
    Dollars

           2012   
 Dollars

Current
    Dollars

           2012   
 Dollars

Current
    Dollars

         2012  
 Dollars

1962

$31

$207

3.9

$121

$803

NA   

NA 

1964

32

206

4.1

131

850

NA   

NA 

1966

35

218

4.2

146

909

NA   

NA 

1967

36

220

4.1

150

910

NA   

NA 

1968

40

232

4.1

162

948

NA   

NA 

1969

43

244

4.0

173

974

$186 2

$1,051

1970

46

246

3.9

178

957

194 2

1,044

1971

48

246

3.8

180

927

201 2

1,034

1972

51

255

3.6

187

929

205 2

1,020

1973

53

252

3.5

187

891

213 2

1,015

1974

57

249

3.4

194

851

229 2

1,005

1975

63

253

3.3

209

836

243

973

1976

71

265

3.2

226

845

257

962

1977

78

271

3.1

241

840

271

946

1978

83

271

3.0

250

819

284

930

1979

87

262

3.0

257

773

301

905

1980

94

255

2.9

274

741

320

867

1981

96

236

2.9

277

681

326

802

1982

103

237

2.9

300

692

331

761

1983

106

234

2.9

311

684

336

740

1984

110

233

2.9

322

680

352

743

1985

112

229

2.9

329

672

369

754

1986

115

230

2.9

339

676

383

764

1987

123

239

2.9

359

699

393

765

1988

127

238

2.9

370

694

403

755

1989

131

236

2.9

381

685

413

742

1990

135

232

2.9

389

668

420

722

1991

135

222

2.9

388

638

424

698

1992

136

219

2.9

389

624

419

672

1993

131

206

2.8

373

584

414

649

1994

134

205

2.8

376

577

416

637

1995

134

201

2.8

377

564

418

627

1996

135

196

2.8

374

547

419

612

1997 3

130

186

2.8

362

516

418

597

1998

130

183

2.7

358

503

429

603

1999

133

183

2.7

357

493

450

621

2000

130

174

2.7

349

467

446

597

2001

134

174

2.6

351

455

448

581

2002

141

180

2.6

364

465

452

578

2003

140

175

2.5

354

442

455

568

2004

145

177

2.5

360

440

462

564

2005

151

178

2.4

370

437

468

553

2006

154

175

2.4

372

424

489

557

2007

160

178

2.4

377

419

499

555

2008

163

173

2.4

383

408

511

544

2009

164

175

2.4

389

415

507

543

2010

164

172

2.4

392

412

517

543

2011

162

165

2.4

387

396

502

514

2012

157

157

2.4

375

375

506

506

Note: AFDC benefit amounts have not been reduced by child support collections.  Constant dollar adjustments to 2012 level were made using a CPI-U-RS fiscal-year price index.

1 The maximum benefit for a 3-person family in each state is weighted by that state’s share of total AFDC/TANF families.

2 Estimated based on the weighted average benefit for a 4-person family.

3 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.  Beginning in 1997, average monthly benefits are calculated from case-level data rather than by dividing aggregate expenditures on cash assistance by aggregate caseloads, as in the past.  This change was necessary due to uncertainty about the extent to which states may be reporting non-cash basic assistance as well as cash assistance in the expenditure data formerly used to calculate average cash benefits.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, unpublished data and Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of TANF Recipients: TANF Annual Report to Congress selected years.

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