The TANF/SSI Connection

by Steve Wamhoff and Michael Wiseman
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 66 No. 4, 2005/2006
Table equivalent for Chart 1. Average monthly national AFDC/TANF caseload, fiscal years 1990–2003
Year Average, in millions
Aid to families with dependent children
1990 3.913
1991 4.311
1992 4.705
1993 4.918
1994 4.985
1995 4.821
1996 4.489
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
1997 3.885
1998 3.155
1999 2.634
2000 a 2.229
2001 a 2.088
2002 a 2.038
2003 a 2.009
SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.
a. Data include families in Separate State Programs.
Table equivalent for Chart A-1. Months elapsed between SSI application and award for adult and child TANF recipients, by year of award, calendar years 2000–2003
Months between application and award Adult TANF recipients, cumulative percentage Child TANF recipients, cumulative percentage
2000 2001 2002 2003 2000 2001 2002 2003
0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
1 1.148 1.379 1.338 0.865 2.742 2.786 2.773 2.789
2 5.370 5.575 4.936 3.976 11.740 12.842 12.720 12.556
3 13.008 14.009 12.621 10.244 27.003 28.484 28.703 28.757
4 23.100 23.359 21.830 19.447 43.177 43.842 45.002 45.229
5 32.583 33.483 30.795 28.404 56.174 57.520 59.408 59.703
6 40.064 41.550 39.130 35.561 66.838 67.620 69.166 71.219
7 46.328 48.394 45.534 41.718 72.859 74.753 75.096 77.883
8 50.294 53.263 49.519 45.830 76.858 79.487 79.618 81.902
9 53.279 57.134 52.893 49.075 80.702 83.196 83.340 84.859
10 55.831 59.598 55.292 51.920 83.413 85.879 85.612 87.212
11 58.501 61.819 57.610 54.188 85.390 87.493 87.378 88.774
12 60.779 63.611 59.439 55.988 86.901 88.955 88.871 90.002
13 63.430 65.119 61.188 57.766 87.834 89.849 89.776 90.815
14 66.120 67.095 62.814 59.544 88.811 90.591 90.470 91.502
15 68.535 68.908 64.298 60.967 90.078 91.420 91.080 91.918
16 71.205 70.802 66.270 63.278 90.811 92.075 91.605 92.418
17 73.522 72.575 68.221 65.323 91.544 92.685 91.879 92.731
18 76.389 74.510 69.990 66.968 92.100 93.318 92.299 93.168
19 78.902 76.608 72.267 68.946 92.766 93.820 92.888 93.459
20 81.062 78.788 74.808 71.458 93.277 94.343 93.267 93.813
21 82.927 81.008 76.943 74.036 93.744 95.041 93.877 94.376
22 84.891 82.780 79.118 76.304 94.121 95.369 94.255 94.750
23 86.226 84.430 81.192 78.371 94.654 95.783 94.760 95.125
24 87.522 85.999 83.265 80.416 95.121 96.110 95.181 95.479
25 88.778 87.445 85.257 82.549 95.365 96.372 95.538 95.937
26 89.956 88.647 87.006 84.350 95.676 96.459 95.917 96.271
27 90.820 89.788 88.368 86.061 95.921 96.765 96.358 96.625
28 91.409 90.705 89.730 87.595 96.076 97.070 96.737 96.958
29 91.979 91.580 90.767 88.773 96.210 97.223 97.031 97.208
30 92.391 92.355 91.783 90.218 96.432 97.310 97.199 97.395
31 92.921 93.088 92.556 91.196 96.499 97.354 97.305 97.645
32 93.235 93.618 93.491 91.952 96.565 97.528 97.599 97.833
33 93.765 94.045 93.999 92.885 96.654 97.899 97.746 98.062
34 94.040 94.534 94.385 93.596 96.765 97.921 97.957 98.187
35 94.354 94.962 94.751 94.108 96.854 97.965 98.020 98.249
36 94.570 95.186 95.077 94.619 96.898 98.074 98.146 98.416
37 94.806 95.492 95.402 95.286 97.010 98.161 98.167 98.561
SOURCE: Authors' calculations using data from Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 10 percent sample.