TANF 2003-2018 in Maine
Why This Indicator Matters
This means that many families lack the income to meet their most basic needs for food & shelter.
It is true that in times that when the economy is good, fewer families will need this basic income support of TANF. Still, most of the reason for the declines in TANF use both in this state and nationally, are due to changes in eligibility, including time limits and work requirements.
What the data shows
From 2010 to 2018, the number of children with TANF has declined from 24,916 to 7,014 or down 72%.
On a county level, in 2018, the use of TANF among Maine's children varied between a high of 5.4% in Androscoggin County and 4.0% in Somerset County to a low of 1.1% in Hancock County and 1.6% in Sagadahoc County.
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Definitions: The number/percent of children ages 0-17 who were receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) during the time period specified for each year in the notes. State total includes children whose county of residence is unknown.The numerator is the number of children receiving TANF and the denominator is the estimated number of children ages 0 -17 in the county based on most recent estimates from the Maine Office of Vital Statistics.
Data for 2003 through 2018 represent enrollments in December of those years.
Last uploaded March 2019.
Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine KIDS COUNT Project
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Helen Hemminger, Research and KIDS COUNT Associate
The Maine Children's Alliance advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of all Maine's children, youth and families.