Your Guide to Understanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Everything you need to know about applying and maintaining your Temporary Assistance for Needy Families monthly benefits. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF for short was put in place to help families in need. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is to help families get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs will include the following:

  • Assistance for families with children
  • Encouraging parents to stay together
  • Services for out of wedlock babies
  • Assistance with job preparation

What Exactly is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program?

The Nevada Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is commonly thought of as welfare or cash assistance to no income or very low-income families. But it is much more complex than just another assistance program.

The federal government put in place a grant that the state of Nevada can use the funding on a few programs, but for the funding to be used in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, they would need to fulfill the following goals:

  • Assistance for families with children
  • Encouraging parents to stay together
  • Services for out of wedlock babies
  • Assistance with job preparation

You will be surprised because officials in the welfare division states that the state of Nevada will spend 59 percent of its funding on their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Throughout the United States, only 25 percent of funding which is roughly around $7.8 billion a year will be spent on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Is the Nevada Temporary Assistance for Needy Families More Than Just Money?

In short, the answer is yes.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is to more than just a cash assistance program. The program ultimately wants to stabilize the family, so the children can stay in their home with their family without the state of Nevada having to intervene and remove the children.

Each family will be assigned to a caseworker. The caseworker will go over everything and assess the family unit’s well-being. When the caseworker is looking at the family unit’s well-being, they are looking to ensure the kids are up to date on their immunizations and if the kids are already enrolled in the Head Start programs.

Then the caseworker will work with the parents to help them make a personal responsibility plan. This plan will consist of how they can get a job, revamp their resume, do they need more education, help with finding childcare, and help with finding the perfect counselor, if applicable.

Only after the family works with the caseworker, is when they will start receiving their monthly benefits.

How Much Benefits Will a Family Get?

If you are a mother and you have two children, you will only receive a monthly benefit of $383. This would have required this family to hit the $1,702 poverty line in order to receive this monthly benefit amount. This monthly benefit amount was not raised for over a decade. It used to be a monthly benefit amount of $348.

Many people do not know that the Nevada Temporary Assistance for Needy Families monthly benefit has been on a decline since 1996. It was declined over 27 percent until 2016. 2016 is when they finally adjusted the amount for inflation.

You are probably wondering how in the world can you live on $383 a month. Well, you need to get a job. It’s there to supplement your income. Once you get a job, you can keep your TANF benefits and your wages from work for the first three months.

After three months, your TANF payment will slowly reduce every few months depending on how much money you and your spouse is bringing into the home.

Families that are on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families also have SNAP and Medicaid as well. The same family of three can get up to $511 in food stamps a month as well.

Who is Eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families?

Typically, only families who are below the poverty line will qualify for this assistance program. If a family is below the poverty line and they do not have any countable income, they will get the maximum payment, which is $383 a month.

Back in 2012, there was only 25 percent of people throughout the United States that had any countable income along with their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. These families that had income only had income that averages roughly $600 a month.

You should know there are certain assets that will not go against your family when you are trying to see if you are eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. One main thing is having one vehicle per family.

But you should know that there are two different Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs that you could possibly qualify for.

First off, the TANF-NEON program is for families that have one adult that can work in the household.

The second program is TANF Child-Only. This program is for families where the adults cannot work because they are disabled, too hold, or cannot work due to their citizenship requirements.

For instance, if an aunt or a grandparent is the guardian of the child in question, they could be eligible for the TANF Child-Only program when applying for benefits.

Unlike the 26 other states, Nevada is one state that still has Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for two-parent families due to knowing that they cannot always maintain the federal government’s workforce goal.

But keep in mind that all states within the United States offers one-parent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as the federal government does not require each separate state to offer two-parent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs.

What Work Requirements Must You Meet for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families?

For single-parent family units, you will be required to work a minimum of 30 hours a week, if you want your Temporary Assistance for Needy Families monthly benefits. However, if your child is under the age of 6, you will be bumped down to only needing a minimum of 20 hours a week.

Now, if you are a two-parent family unit, you will be required to work a minimum of 55 hours a week between the both of you to get your Temporary Assistance for Needy Families monthly benefits. However, if your child is under the age of 6, you will be bumped down to only needing a minimum of 35 hours a week between the both of you.

If you meet all the required activities such as having a job, on the job training, community service, etc. for the required number of hours needed per week, you will maintain your eligibility for receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

How Long Can I be on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program?

You can only be on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program for a total of 60 months for your entire life.

You will be able to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for 24 months before you are cut off for a 12-month period. After the 12-month period is up, you can come back for another 24 months before you are cut off again for another 12 months. You can repeat this one more time until you are cut off for good.

How to Apply for TANF Program?

You will have a few ways you can apply for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

First off you can head down to the local welfare office in either Carson City or Gardnerville. At the local welfare office, you will have the chance to file your application or pick up the application and bring it home.

You can also request the welfare office to mail you an application to you, if you are not close to either of the above offices. Then you can either mail the application, fax the application, or drop off the application to the welfare office.

If you currently reside in the Nevada Indian Reservation or Colony, you can get your application from the Health Clinics, or the Tribal Social Service.

Lastly, you can print out your application by clicking on this link.

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