Children Receiving Temporary Assistance
What does this measure?
The average number of children receiving public assistance each month per 1,000 children under 18.
Why is this important?
This measure indicates the number of children dependent upon government assistance for their basic needs. It also shows the demands for help placed on the welfare system.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, the rate of children receiving Temporary Assistance was 35 per 1,000 in Cayuga and 18 in Seneca, both below the statewide (excluding NYC) rate of 45. Cayuga’s 2010 rate was higher than two comparison counties but below two. Seneca’s rate was well below the comparison counties. Rates in Cayuga increased 16% from 2001 to 2010, while rates in Seneca decreased 28%. During the same time, all the comparison counties saw an increases ranging from 23%–31%, with the exception of Onondaga, which only increased by 5%. The state (excluding NYC) rate has remained fairly stable throughout the past decade.
Notes about the data
Comparable national data were not available. Data do not necessarily reflect the number of children eligible for this benefit, only those who receive it.