Emergency Financial Assistance. TANF is a federal assistance program, designed to help disadvantaged families maintain family stability, by providing temporary cash and other benefits. A low-income family would entail a family where the gross family income is at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This can include adults with children who are receiving government aid and attending school full-time, disabled, and working and still not able to provide the basics for their families. Low-income can also include an adult who has returned to school that they may be more marketable in today’s workforce. TANF is designed to be a short-term assistance program until such time as the family income meets all its basic needs.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Emergency Financial Assistance helps U.S. residents who are unable to pay their bills or care for their families, due to unemployment or a disability. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides covers a host of benefits like cash for rent and utilities. Clients receive a check once a month to pay mandatory bills. Money is placed on an EBT card to buy groceries. Medicaid pays for medical care for children and pregnant women.
LIHEAP assistance once a year. SNAP benefits, WIC for expecting mothers and Medicaid help with basic living and medical care. The government has specified requirements and able body participants are required to be seeking employment. Recipients may also be eligible to attend educational courses that prepare them for work and better-paying jobs. If approved for a school you are eligible for travel expenses. Education programs do not exceed two years. Welfare will normally last for at most 5 years.
Benefits you Receive with TANF:
- Temporary Assistance – You can receive temporary help for you and your family. Temporary assistance is to be given for now longer than 60 months or five years.
- SNAP – Food stamps or SNAP is a food benefit issued on an EBT card used to purchase groceries. (more)
- Section 8 – Public Housing Choice Vouchers, Tax Credit Apartments – Income Restricted Communities (more info)
- Medicaid – This benefit allows you to receive medical assistance anywhere Medicaid is accepted.
- Special Tax Credits – Parents receive $1,000 tax deduction for each child
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Helps with energy bills, energy-related minor home repairs (more)
- WIC – Women, Infants, and Children – Nutritional food benefits for pregnant women and children.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Makes homes safe and energy efficient home repairs (more info)
- HIV Uninsured Care Program – Medical care for those with HIV, help with medications, education and counseling, end life care
How do I Qualify
You are eligible to apply for TANF must:
- Have small children under the age of 18
- Be a US Citizen or resident
- Be at least 3 months pregnant
- You have alien status
- Be working and unable to care for your family
- Have an income below or at the national poverty level
- Must work a minimum of 20 hours as a single parent or 30 hours in a two-parent household
You can also go online to the DSS website to enter your information to determine if you fall within the national poverty levels. You can also download an application to submit.