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percent of americans on welfare

In 2011, an average of 1,626,833 families per month received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, commonly called welfare.

The TANF program assists families with children whose parents or responsible caregiver cannot provide for the family’s basic needs. TANF is administered by state, territorial, or tribal governments, not the federal government.

Learn more about TANF and how to apply for benefits.