What Do You Know About Poverty in Missouri?

10. What is the maximum cash welfare benefit per month in Missouri for a single parent with two children under age 6?

b. Correct!

The maximum TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefit allowed for a family of three would be $292 per month (as established in 1993).

The average monthly TANF grant in 2011 was $237. The majority of families receiving TANF funds were:

Source: Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. (2012). Annual data report: Fiscal year 2011. Retrieved from http://dss.mo.gov/re/fsdar.htm.

For the major provisions of the Missouri TANF system, see http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/tanfstplan.htm
and http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/iman/tempasst/appendixb.pdf.

For an article on TANF, see Policy Basics: An Introduction to TANF available on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website.