TANF and MOE Spending and Transfers by Activity, FY 2018 (Contains National & State Pie Charts)

Publication Date: September 11, 2019

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has posted the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial data tables, along with an interactive map and national (PDF) and state pie charts (PDF).

  • In FY 2018, combined federal TANF and state maintenance-of-effort (MOE) expenditures and transfers totaled $31.3 billion. Across the United States in FY 2018:
    • 21.4 percent of TANF and MOE funds was used for basic assistance,
    • 10.7 percent was used for work, education, and training activities; and
    • 17.0 percent was used for child care (including funds transferred to the Child Care Development Fund).
  • 27 states used less than half of their TANF and MOE funds on the combination of basic assistance; work, education, and training activities; and child care.  OFA’s interactive map shows the distribution of this spending by state. 42 states and the District of Columbia spent less than 15 percent of their TANF and MOE funds on work, education, and training activities.
  • From FY 2017 to FY 2018, the amount of funds used for basic assistance decreased by $337 million, while the amounts used for child care and work, education, and training activities increased by $309 million and $46 million, respectively.
  • The top TANF/MOE spending category in FY 2018 was child care in 16 states, basic assistance in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and child welfare services in 6 states.

View the financial data tables and national (PDF) and individual state pie charts (PDF) for more information on how states used their TANF and MOE funds in FY 2018.

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