TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE (TFA) -
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)

 

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION:

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) http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=305260. It is the cash part of Jobs First Program (CT's Welfare Reform).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Families with children ages 0 through 17, families with dependent children who are 18 years of age or older - but the child must be full-time student in high school or vocational school, or pregnant women may qualify if she has no other means of support and meets other eligibility factors;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status;
  • Must be engaged in employment services activity unless exempted

SERVICES

  • 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.

OTHER BENEFITS

  • Medicaid
  • 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, or if used to transport a household member with a disability. Earnings of dependent students are not counted.

FAMILY CAP

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 online at www.ct.gov/dss and go to Clients/Applicants, then how to apply.  From here you can print an application for mailing to the agency.  Or click on the ConneCT icon to apply online.  By phone to request an application by mail, call the DSS Client Information Line, 1-855-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) or visit a DSS regional offices.

DOWNLOAD AN ONLINE APPLICATION:

http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/w-1e.pdf

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service name: TANF
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SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) website
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2015