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  • 1. WELFARE
  • 2.
    • 47% of Americans receive at least one form of Federal aid.
  • 3.
    • TANF=Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Welfare)
  • 4.
    • 3.4% of Americans receive welfare (6% of Pennsylvanians do and 2.2% of Snyder Countians)
  • 5.
    • Average monthly welfare check in US is $366.00.
  • 6.
    • Each child adds $80.00 to a cash assistance grant.
  • 7.
    • Average fertility rate is 1.8
    • Average fertility rate of those on “welfare” is 2.9.
  • 8.
    • Out-of-Wedlock birth rates are no higher in high-benefit states than in low ones (Mississippi has the highest out-of-wedlock birth rates, but the lowest benefits)
  • 9.
    • 2/3 of all out-of-wedlock births are to women who are not poor
  • 10.
    • 3/4 of welfare families have no more than 2 children. Only 1 in 10 has four or more
  • 11.
    • Adults may receive aid for no more than 2 years. After that they must work at least 20 hours per week to continue receiving benefits.
  • 12.
    • Only disabled Americans may receive welfare longer than 5 years during their lifetime.
  • 13.
    • 95% of families that receive TANF are headed by women.
  • 14.
    • 4% of families that receive TANF are headed by a single female under age 18.
  • 15.
    • Women who were raised in welfare households are more than twice as likely to be on welfare themselves than those who were not
  • 16.
    • 70% of welfare recipients are either illiterate or functionally illiterate.
  • 17.
    • 39% of welfare parents are black
    • 38% of welfare parents are white
    • 17% of welfare parents are Hispanic
  • 18.
    • In Snyder County, 612 house- holds receive TANF payments. Only 44 of them are 2-parent households.
  • 19.
    • 10% of Americans collect food stamps.
  • 20.
    • Average monthly food stamp allotment for 1 person = $81.75 ($2.72/day)
  • 21.
    • 51.4% of those who receive food stamps are children.
  • 22.
    • 7% of those who receive food stamps are senior citizens.
  • 23.
    • Average length of time someone receives food stamps is 7 months. (2/3 do so less than 1 year)