The following are general qualifications for TANF eligibility. Do check with your local government offices (HHS or OFA) for the state-specific guidelines.
Citizenship – Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S.A. or have a qualified immigration status.
Residency – Many states require that the applicant be a resident of the state itself.
Social Security Number – The applicant must have a verified Social Security Number, or must apply for one.
Age – The applicant must not only present proof of age for himself or herself, but also for all members of the family, as this will weigh heavily in how much assistance will be given.
Child Support – In some cases, if you do apply for financial assistance, you must assign your rights to child support payments to the local government office in charge of TANF.
Work – Except in cases involving disability, age or child-related matters, all members of the household from 16 to 60 years of age should be studying, looking for work, employed or studying in a work-training program.
Income, resources and expenses – It’s very important that you give the proper information on your household income, resources and expenses, as this will be the basis of how much cash assistance you will receive. If our net income minus your expenses goes below the local minimum income figure for your family size, then you qualify. If your qualified countable resources have a value of below the set minimum for the area, then you qualify.
Do remember that these guidelines can change in every area, particularly in terms of minimum wage, expenses and resource calculations for the family size.
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