Economic Security
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications

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Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

What does this measure?

The percentage of all public assistance applications that are approved. County governments (except in New York City) approve or deny applications for public assistance.

Why is this important?

This measure represents the numbers of individuals who were seeking, and ultimately received, government support for their basic needs.

How is our region performing?

In 2020, 24% of all public assistance applications were approved in our region, lower than the statewide rate of 36% (excluding NYC). Approval rates varied widely in our region, as high as 59% in Orleans and as low as 17% in Seneca in 2020. Monroe has consistently had the lowest approval rate in the region, averaging 22% since 2000. Generally, approval rates have declined since 2000, falling by 10 percentage points in the region and state (excluding NYC). Seneca experienced the largest drop in its approved application rate, falling 30 points from 47% in 2000 to 17% in 2020. Genesee, Wyoming and Yates were an exception, with increases over the same period.

Notes about the data

National data were not available in comparable form. Data do not necessarily reflect the actual number of people eligible for this benefit, only those who receive it. New York State figures exclude New York City. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS (excluding NYC)48%46%44%42%43%42%42%41%41%41%41%41%40%39%39%40%40%40%39%38%36%
Region34%29%26%24%24%24%24%24%26%26%28%30%30%29%27%26%26%26%25%24%24%
Monroe31%24%21%19%18%19%20%19%21%21%25%26%26%25%24%23%22%22%21%19%19%
Surrounding Counties49%50%49%46%46%45%43%42%45%43%44%45%45%43%40%39%41%42%41%41%41%
Genesee35%36%31%30%29%30%29%29%24%21%29%36%39%36%36%41%40%40%40%35%37%
Livingston43%52%57%58%59%56%52%63%67%71%73%72%64%51%42%42%42%44%34%34%33%
Ontario49%50%55%50%53%47%43%46%45%40%42%39%40%40%38%38%43%44%45%47%47%
Orleans77%76%72%59%60%62%62%63%70%70%67%65%65%64%63%58%50%58%60%57%59%
Seneca47%27%25%23%19%18%17%17%47%46%24%25%32%32%30%29%26%26%23%22%17%
Wayne57%60%50%49%46%46%43%33%33%32%37%41%35%34%31%33%42%40%38%39%38%
Wyoming42%35%25%26%29%31%39%42%41%42%42%40%39%38%34%40%51%44%55%45%51%
Yates33%41%47%44%48%43%37%30%24%18%22%31%46%44%43%29%28%15%38%35%53%

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: National data were not available in comparable form. Figures calculated as total approved applications out of total applications submitted.




Number of Approved Public Assistance Applications
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS (excluding NYC)99,66697,77297,43099,352100,73698,72897,60596,599100,876109,885111,626114,671112,655111,807112,730105,78299,54993,95588,86081,18857,904
Region14,57813,29712,66012,10611,87212,38512,01911,46314,09314,33414,03714,46314,95815,42014,53913,50712,71711,84811,1799,9727,593
Monroe10,8159,3308,2637,7067,2947,9637,8567,7778,9759,1119,7289,98410,52110,71010,0569,3668,6077,8497,2366,2494,678
Surrounding Counties3,7633,9674,3974,4004,5784,4224,1633,6865,1185,2234,3094,4794,4374,7104,4834,1414,1103,9993,9433,7232,915
Genesee351381336357382372356358325306393465528502427416365380404323257
Livingston7709151,0281,0561,018974815505706818819864815880805693685705543526423
Ontario7749291,0631,0481,1931,1771,1541,1121,2341,1301,2341,1931,2211,2831,3371,1971,2751,3091,2921,3201,017
Orleans697689834757796752723729735830849825719764779727640672625551409
Seneca207137153144162127102911,3181,341137139196263264260209211213179120
Wayne638545613667606618561469490454510575469518454485598507549521393
Wyoming235237190214221213270280197239220215199212153164176122146126104
Yates9113418015720018918214211310514720329028826419916293171177192

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: National data were not available in comparable form. Data do not necessarily reflect the actual number of people eligible for this benefit, only those who receive it.











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Increasing
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Increasing
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Infant Mortality Rate 7.0 2016-18 2 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.8% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 19% 2015-19 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2015-19 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 21 2019 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 1.8 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 1.3% 2018 3 -1
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Rate of Teen Births 12 2018 3 -1
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Arts and Culture Attendance 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $894 2020 1 -1
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Recreation Spending $52 2020 1 -1
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Voter Registration Rate 83% 2020 2 1
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Voter Participation Rate 64% 2020 3 1
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Registered Library Borrowers 58% 2019 2 -1
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Library Visits 5.4 2019 3 -1
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Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0.9% 2018 2 0
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Households Without Vehicles 10% 2015-19 3 0
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Total Population 1.9% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Population by Age 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2015-19 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $59,871 2015-19 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 13% 2015-19 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 1.7% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 24% 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2015-19 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $172 2018 1 -1
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Change in Total Jobs -8% 2020 3 -1
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Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 12% 2020 3 1
Increasing
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Increasing
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Increasing
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Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $17,112 2019 1 1
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Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
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Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
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Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 88% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 88% 2020 3 1
Increasing
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Education Levels of Adults 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
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Decreasing
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Increasing
Mortality Rate 697 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
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Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
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People Living with HIV 104 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
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Decreasing
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Maintaining
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $878 2015-19 3 -1
Decreasing
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Maintaining
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Overall Housing Cost Burden 29% 2015-19 3 -1
Decreasing
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Rent Burdened Households 49% 2015-19 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2015-19 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2015-19 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2015-19 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
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Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2019 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2019 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 12.9 2019 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 170.5 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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