Maine provides the lowest temporary cash assistance benefit in New England. A struggling family of three in New Hampshire receives $140 more a month than a family three in Maine.

This type of cash assistance is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It replaced the welfare programs known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program and the Emergency Assistance (EA) program under the federal welfare reform legislation of 1996. For more information about TANF, click here.

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