Family Assistance (FA) provides cash assistance to eligible needy families that include a minor child living with a parent (including families where both parents are in the household) or a caretaker relative or a woman whose pregnancy is medically verified. It is operated under federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) guidelines. All employable adults must be working or involved in work-like activities.
Under FA, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more FA benefits. The months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count.
Parents and other adult relatives who can work must be working or involved in work-like activities. Parents are also responsible for cooperating with the local department of social services in locating an absent parent. Non-cooperation without good cause could result in the reduction or termination of FA Benefits.
Temporary Shelter Supplement (TSS)
Temporary Shelter Supplement may be provided to recipients of Family Assistance, or families receiving Safety Net Assistance, subject to all its regulations. Please request this additional benefit at the District Office serving your community if you are at risk of eviction due to non-payment of rent.