In Maine, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Maine. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF benefits in Maine, applicants must meet the income guidelines and the definitions for a needy family, as defined by state law. A family consisting of three people is considered needy if the earnings for the household are $12,276 or less (per 2005 guidelines). Maine TANF Program.
TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. In Maine, TANF benefits are available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). In 2005, the maximum TANF benefit for a family of three was $485 per month.
The food stamp program is a federal program run by state and local agencies, it is for low income families. In most states the same rules for TANF apply for food stamps. If you meet the requirements for TANF, you meet the requirements for food stamps. Find out how to apply for food stamps in ME or check your Maine EBT Card balance.