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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 exceptions, 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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