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 $3500; 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
PREPARED BY: 211/jm
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2023