I’m trying to find (for a co-worker) information on the numbers of Americans on welfare
and the budget spent by state and by the Federal government on income based public assistance programs (but mostly such things as TANF and Food Stamps).
This is one of those “it sounds like it should be easy” questions, but it’s driving me nuts. (Of course constant interruptions aren’t helping.) One problem is what terminology to use: welfare/public assistances/acf/afdc [outdated]/etc., and then welfare’s such a huge term (there are federal, state, county and private sources) so it’s taking forever.
I’m positive it’s on the Census somewhere if I can figure the magic words to use for a search ( ??? site:census.gov). However, if you’ve ever tried to find more than the population of a certain state on census, you’ll know that it can be one of the least user friendly sites on earth (a major shame since it’s the richest source of statistical info).
Anyway, does anybody have any suggestions for where to find reliable figures on state and federal assistance by location and demographics?
Major thanks for any assistance,