TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE (TFA) -
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)
TANF is a federal program that provides assistance to
needy families. In Connecticut, TANF funds the TFA
program. TFA is administered by the Connecticut
Department of Social Services (DSS)
It is the cash part of Jobs First Program (CT's Welfare
- Families with children ages 0 through 17, or pregnant women;
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident status;
- Must be engaged in employment services activity
- Monthly cash assistance with a 21 month time limit (unless exempt). Exemptions to the time limit and/or to the work requirement are made for certain groups, such as people who are incapacitated, people who are over age 60, people caring for a child under age 1, and other specific circumstances. Also, families affected by domestic violence can qualify for extensions to the time limit for as long as the domestic violence prevents or limits their hours of employment. Families can get extensions of 6 months at a time, if they qualify.
- Adults on TFA are required to participate in employment services; cooperate with Case Managers; attend programs. Special benefits provided for transportation to work and child care. Benefits can be reduced for failure to cooperate.
- Automatic Medicaid in a Health Managed Care program for children and parents (HUSKY)
- Earnings Incentive: Families can keep all earnings up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level with no reduction in benefits.
- After TFA (if employed): Minimum of 2 years Medicaid coverage in HMO after TFA ends. Child care subsidy on sliding fee scale after TFA ends, until family is earning 55% of State Median Income.
- Many families have SNAP (food stamps).
INCOME AND ASSET LIMITS
Income limit differs by region because of the cost of
housing difference, but is always a figure less than
100% FPL; Asset limit is $3000; also, $9500 of car value
is not counted towards assets. Earnings of dependent
students are not counted.
Families who have additional children while receiving TFA will receive only an additional $50 of montly cash assistance when the newborn is added to the award.
WHERE DO PEOPLE APPLY
Apply at DSS regional offices and sub-offices
DOWNLOAD AN ONLINE APPLICATION:
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY
Search by service name: TANF
SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS)
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2014