Back in the 1990s
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A lot has changed since 1990. What hasn’t? The amount
of help a family experiencing poverty gets in cash assistance.

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Back in 1990...

George  H. W. Bush icon

George H.W. Bush was president.

Vanilla Ice ioon

'Ice Ice Baby' was a hit song.


 1990 house icon

Average compensation
was $20,172 (net).

 2015 house icon

Compared to $46,640
(net) in 2016.


90s car icon

Gas was $1.04 per gallon in 1990.

2015 car icon

Compared to $1.97 in 2016.


90s bread icon

Bread was $0.69 per loaf in 1990.

2015 bread icon

Compared to $1.43 per loaf in 2016.


1990 milk icon

Eggs were $1.22 per dozen in 1990.

2016 milk icon

Compared to $2.33 in 2016.

Numbers are most recent as reported by Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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$403 icon
is the average monthly grant for a family of three
from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  2018 family icon 

$15,080 icon

annual income of someone making minimum wage in PA.

$4,836 icon

what a family of three receives from TANF in one year.
This qualifies as deep poverty.