Index: Economy / Subcategory: Individual

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Date updated: 01/20/2013

Since the introduction of welfare reform in 1997, cash assistance to eligible families is administered under a program called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). This program, intended to promote self-sufficiency, assists low-income families by transitioning them from monthly cash assistance to entry into the workforce. Program assistance is limited to families with dependent children or parents of an unborn child. The amount received is based on the number of family members. Benefits are generally limited to 60 months over an adult recipient's lifetime.

What this chart shows: Average Monthly Number of Larimer County Households Applying for TANF Cash Assistance, 2006 - 2012

Data Source: Larimer County Department of Human Services (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Over the last seven years, the number of people applying for TANF cash assistance peaked in 2009, averaging 300 applications per month.

What this chart shows: Average Monthly Number of Larimer County Households Receiving TANF Cash Assistance, 2006 - 2012

 *average based on 11 months of data - no data available for August 2009

Data Source: Larimer County Department of Human Services (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

The eligibility requirements for receiving TANF cash assistance have varied between 2006 and 2012, which has affected the number of households in the County receiving benefits.

Between 2006 and 2008, the average number of households receiving TANF benefits dropped 55%. Since 2008, that number has increased 125% and, in 2012, surpassed the previous average monthly high of 549 in 2006. In 2012, the average monthly number of households receiving benefits was 556.

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Data Table:

Number of Households Applying for TANF Cash Assistance - Larimer County

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2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

January

138

136

189

365

212

200

192

222

February

101

108

129

273

160

146

146

172

March

126

137

154

302

219

185

158

171

April

105

108

179

375

214

181

173

154

May

124

123

146

289

186

185

181

191

June

175

128

160

329

198

188

206

181

July

132

155

202

370

199

212

169

August

156

146

244

311

242

214

230

September

124

138

281

272

163

209

197

October

165

163

303

258

179

181

218

November

129

151

254

220

196

179

194

December

107

124

287

239

157

172

173

Yearly Total

1,582

1,617

2,528

3,603

2,325

2,252

2,237

Yearly Avg

132

135

211

300

194

188

186

See chart

Number of Households Receiving TANF Cash Assistance - Larimer County

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

January

614

472

299

230

512

458

581

627

February

595

436

290

265

471

482

564

654

March

609

457

282

292

501

517

558

628

April

601

420

254

336

510

510

540

643

May

571

407

262

328

508

507

541

650

June

592

381

243

360

498

509

480

644

July

540

379

222

370

500

512

514

August

516

350

208

n/a

499

531

527

September

489

338

195

398

511

549

523

October

489

328

229

428

489

557

590

November

481

300

231

478

495

509

620

December

485

287

253

542

463

584

629

Yearly Total

6,582

4,555

2,968

4,027*

5,957

6,225

6,667

Yearly Avg

549

380

247

366*

496

519

556

*Based on 11 months

See chart