Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) – Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)

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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.

Eligibility

Services

Other Benefits

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: January2017