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Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)

Formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)

Whitman Country Health Department
1205 Professional Mall, BI # 203
Pullman, WA 99163

Moscow Health & Welfare
1350 Troy Rd. #2
Moscow, ID 83843

○    This program brings participants, families, local communities and employers to work together to help participants to obtain employment and achieve self-reliance
○    TANF also provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives (needy family is the one where household’s countable income is below 32% of current federal poverty level)
○    TANF pays $309 per month regardless of household size and has a 24 month lifetime limit. In addition to the financial support, there are supportive services funds that are available to assist participants to find or retain work
○    This program also requires the participants to work
○    As part of the acceptance it includes alcohol and substance abuse screening
○    In ID, the TANF cash assistance program is also know as Temporary Assistance for Families in ID (TAFI)
○    This program also encourages formation and maintenance of two-parent families, they also try to prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies
○    Work requirements:
1.    Recipients (with few exceptions) must work as soon as they are job ready or no later than two years after coming on assistance
2.    Single parents are required to participate in work activities for at least 30 hours per week. Two-parent families must participate in work activities 35-55 hours a week, depending upon circumstances.
3.     Failure to participate in work requirements can result in a reduction or termination of benefits to the family

Apply for TANF at your local Health and Welfare office.
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