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

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3/2023: TFA Client Information regarding resuming of Benefit Redeterminations for End of Pandemic Emergency

**Notices sent ~40 days in advance of benefits changes for active TFA time-limited clients with 21 months of counted TFA benefits will be instructed to apply for an extension to continue benefits.

**Outreach before sanctioning TFA time-limited clients who are not compliant with Jobs First employment services, a phone call, email, and a text or online account message will be sent by Department of Labor/Job First Employment staff advising those non-compliant with JFES that the deferment during the COVID Pandemic has ended and complying with employment services is a requirement to continue benefits


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://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Economic-Security/Temporary-Family-Assistance—TFA. It is the cash part of Jobs First Program.


Income and Asset Limits
Income limit differs by region because of the cost of housing difference, but is always a figure less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level; 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.

Where Do People Apply?
Apply online at http://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Common-Elements/How-to-Apply-for-Services/How-to-Apply-for-Services/How-To From here you can print an application for mailing to DSS.  Or 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.

Find Providers in Connecticut’s Community Resources Database:
Search by service name: TANF

SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) website