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Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

What does this measure?

The average percentage of people of all ages receiving public assistance each month. This includes both major welfare programs: Family Assistance and Safety Net. Safety Net covers single adults, children living without their parents, and others not eligible for Family Assistance.

Why is this important?

This measure represents the numbers of individuals dependent upon government support for their basic needs.

How is our region performing?

In 2020, 1.7% of residents in the region received public assistance on average each month, compared to 2.4% in the state. Rates in the region have been declining since 2014 and the number of people receiving assistance has dropped by half to just over 20,000 in 2020. Among counties, Monroe and Orleans had the highest rates of assistance, at 2.1% and 2.2% respectively. In Monroe County, this was a big drop from 4.5% in 2014.

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.

People Receiving Temporary Assistance
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS3.6%3.2%3.2%3.3%3.2%3.0%2.8%2.7%2.7%2.8%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.8%2.7%2.5%2.4%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.7%1.7%1.8%1.7%1.6%1.5%1.5%1.6%1.8%2.0%2.0%2.0%2.1%2.0%1.8%1.7%1.5%1.4%1.2%
Region3.1%3.0%3.0%3.2%3.1%3.0%2.9%2.8%2.8%3.0%3.2%3.2%3.3%3.4%3.1%2.8%2.6%2.3%1.9%1.7%
Monroe4.3%4.1%4.1%4.5%4.3%4.1%4.0%3.9%3.9%4.1%4.3%4.4%4.5%4.5%4.1%3.7%3.4%2.9%2.4%2.1%
Surrounding Counties1.2%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.0%1.1%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.5%1.6%1.5%1.4%1.4%1.3%1.1%1.0%
Genesee1.0%0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.0%1.0%1.0%0.9%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.0%0.9%0.7%
Livingston1.6%1.7%1.8%1.8%1.6%1.4%0.9%1.1%1.4%1.6%1.8%1.9%2.4%2.5%2.3%2.2%2.1%1.8%1.5%1.2%
Ontario1.1%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%1.3%1.2%1.3%1.1%1.0%
Orleans2.4%2.3%2.0%2.1%2.0%2.1%2.1%2.0%2.2%2.5%2.7%2.7%2.9%3.2%2.9%2.8%2.6%2.5%2.4%2.2%
Seneca1.0%0.9%1.0%0.9%0.8%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.9%1.2%1.5%1.5%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.1%0.9%
Wayne0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.1%1.0%0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.0%0.9%0.9%
Wyoming0.8%0.6%0.7%0.6%0.7%0.8%0.8%0.7%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.9%0.7%0.7%0.6%0.5%
Yates0.6%0.7%0.8%1.1%1.1%0.9%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.9%0.9%1.0%1.0%1.0%0.9%0.7%0.7%0.9%

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: Comparable national data were not available.




Number of People Receiving Temporary Assistance
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS688,547620,518612,422629,063604,922572,151530,916510,160529,404547,600565,224570,095578,482565,859573,563564,208546,013520,339476,864486,038
NYS (excluding NYC)196,270187,767188,477195,134188,910180,222171,491170,020184,174202,879219,038222,079228,511230,152220,630202,593187,202170,903151,448131,833
Region37,33235,81036,41039,05637,64236,01534,52933,90934,62935,97938,56838,91940,58940,83937,67834,22331,32827,44623,35520,409
Monroe31,89430,26430,59333,00931,73830,27729,47029,04029,31030,19432,39632,60433,64933,44830,73627,58625,07721,56218,10515,707
Surrounding Counties5,4385,5465,8176,0475,9045,7385,0594,8695,3195,7856,1726,3156,9407,3916,9426,6376,2515,8845,2504,702
Genesee590552616673667694611582576549598620634622569596610593504402
Livingston1,0381,1071,1571,1741,0489206156909121,0191,1481,2371,5281,6451,4981,3801,3091,109913764
Ontario1,0751,1861,2801,3801,3621,3541,2621,1491,2171,3671,4661,4311,4601,5471,4841,4271,3501,3811,2121,119
Orleans1,0549948779198619029058619411,0791,1641,1241,2341,3511,2071,1591,0731,030968890
Seneca331301340323283253212220247261243322434527533438414371382291
Wayne8449571,0681,0381,1001,0289198909321,0191,0681,0261,0761,1051,0731,042985946849784
Wyoming359266282264312352352304318340338327344334315354297275247217
Yates147183197276271235183173176151147228230260263241213179175235

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: Comparable national data were not available.











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