Fast Fact- March 16, 2018
In 2017, 4.6 percent of Colorado children received basic cash assistance through the Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the same percentage as in 2016. After peaking in 2012 with 6.1 percent of all children, the share of children in families receiving TANF has hovered below 5 percent for the last five years. The aim of the Colorado Works/TANF program is to provide assistance to low-income families in achieving both economic and social stability. However, since welfare was reformed in 1996, and changed into a block-grant program for states, TANF has been able to serve fewer and fewer poor families. Today, only of fraction of all Colorado kids living in poverty receive basic cash assistance. To find the data on children and families in your county who receive cash assistance through TANF, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.