Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

September 14, 2018

New Census data reveal concerning trends

An alarmingly high percentage of Louisiana families continue to face serious economic challenges, with almost 1 in 5 Louisianans living below the poverty line in 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.

Number of the Day

$2,240 - The amount the inflation-adjusted median household income in Louisiana has decreased between 2007 and 2017. (Source: LBP via the U.S. Census Bureau)
August 22, 2018

TANF at 22

The federal welfare “reform” law that created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program turns 22 years old today.

Number of the Day

4 - The percent of low-income families in Louisiana that receive TANF cash assistance. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
August 16, 2017

The case for cost-sharing reductions

Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump has threatened repeatedly to withhold the federal subsidy payments to health insurers that reduce the cost of copayments and deductibles that keep coverage affordable for people with low incomes.

Number of the Day

4  -  Number of poor families with children receiving TANF cash assistance out of every 100 poor families with children in Louisiana - the lowest percentage in the nation. (Source: The Urban Institute)