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Economic & Employment Services Cash Assistance/TANF

The Successful Families Program                          May 2008 
The Successful Families Program has services for low income families. These include the following:
Cash assistance, also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Helps adults with their problems in getting a job
  • Provides support services for work, training, work activities, and education
The program helps families learn new skills, build on their current abilities, and keep children in their homes.
To receive help from the Successful Families Program, a family must have at least one child in the home under the age of 18. This child may be an unborn baby. The child may live with a parent or relative. The child may also live with a person named by a court to take care of the child, such as a guardian, conservator, or custodian.
The families must also have low incomes and few resources. The income of all family members in the home is counted. Some types of income and resources are not counted, such as:
  • The home where the family lives
  • Assets less than $2,000
  • Cars
  • Furniture, personal items, and some tools
  • $90 plus 60% of earnings
Families may get cash assistance while they look for work as long as they meet program requirements. This includes cooperating with the Child Support Program. Families can only get TANF for 48 months in a lifetime. Families who get TANF may also get medical benefits and child care.