Learn about the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families TANF

For several years, many people in United States have been experiencing financial difficulties. Currently, this situation has been further increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has generated a contraction in the world economy, lowering productivity levels in some sectors and increasing unemployment rates. The health emergency has had serious economic and social repercussions, generating as a consequence that a greater number of families have been unable to cover some of their basic needs.

In US, needy, low-income, and vulnerable families count on economic and social assistance from the American government. Since its creation from the Social Assistance Reform Law (Welfare Reform Law) in 1996, the TANF program has helped many families get ahead financially and regain the financial stability they need.

Here we present what the TANF program consists of and if this is your case, all this information could be of great help to you.

What is the TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program?

It’s a public assistance program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS, for its acronym in English) that provides temporary assistance of money and services, with the objective of helping low-income families who qualify to receive assistance, while these recover economically.

The TANF Program grants allocations to states to provide the necessary assistance to families that require it, so the names and requirements of TANF vary depending on the location in which the applicant is located. Each state administers the resources assigned to it, as well as having the power to design its own eligibility rules and the type of aid that is available.

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To find out the name of TANF in the state where you reside, you can consult the page of the United States Department of Health and Human Services through the following link: https://aspe.hhs.gov/dataset/tanf-program-names

What are the benefits of TANF?

If you qualify for TANF, you could receive help to pay the following expenses: Food, housing, electricity, childcare, job training and some others that are contemplated in the regulations established by the state where you reside.

How can you access the TANF program?

TANF is handled differently in each state of the American territory, however, its objective is the same: to favor the most needy and vulnerable families. To be eligible for the TANF program, the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application at the office closest to their place of residence. After this, you will be subjected to a social and financial evaluation, which verifies if you are indeed eligible to enjoy the benefits of TANF.

Who is eligible for TANF?

To be eligible for the TANF program, you must be a US citizen or eligible legal resident and have lived in United States for at least 5 years. If the applicant is in the refugee category, they could be exempt from the 5-year limit.

The eligibility requirements of the variability depending on each state, so you should consult directly with the Temporary Assistance program of the state where you reside.

In general, the people who are selected by the program have one of these criteria:

  • Belonging to family groups with incomes below the minimum.
  • Families made up of at least one parent or a relative caregiver who is caring for a child or pregnant woman in her third trimester.
  • Present arrears in payments for basic services and bank obligations.
  • They don’t have a stable job and have a low educational level.
  • They need help supporting their children.
  • Need for nutritional assistance.

The causes of ineligibility to be beneficiaries of TANF are: Conviction for crimes, flight to another state to avoid punishment, violation of probation, being a striking worker or an illegal immigrant, having committed fraud to public assistance or that your term to receive TANF has been met.

How much is the financial contribution provided by TANF?

The financial contribution varies depending on the family composition and the specific needs of each group, as well as the criteria stipulated by each state.

How long can TANF be received?

The time established to enjoy the benefit of the TANF program has a lifetime limit of 60 months (5 years). After that time has elapsed, you will no longer be able to reapply for TANF.

There are certain exceptions to the time limit, depending on whether the applicant is disabled or has a medical condition, if they are in an intensive program that prevents them from working at least 30 hours per week (includes services for the homeless, mental health, substance abuse, sexual or domestic violence and vocational rehabilitation programs), if you are in an education or training program that ends 6 months after the end of 60 months, or if you care for minors with disabilities or illness.

What happens after the application is approved?

If the application is approved, you will receive money on a monthly basis, which can be delivered electronically by a card, by bank deposit or check, as well as a medical card that gives you participation in the Department of Medical Assistance Program Health Care and Family Services.

In the event your TANF application is denied, you may request an administrative hearing within 90 days of the date the application was denied at your local DHHS office to dispute the decision.

Are you going through a difficult situation? Do you think you meet what it takes to be eligible for TANF? Do you need financial help for you and your family?

At Tramites de Inmigracion Corp we have highly trained professionals, willing to provide you with all the necessary advice so that you can solve your situation and provide your family with the stability and tranquility they so badly need.

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