In Tennessee, 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 Tennessee. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Tennessee, applicants must sign a Personal Responsibility Plan in which the applicant agrees to keep childhood immunizations up to date, assist in establishing paternity, ensures that children attend school and participate in at least 30 hours of work-related activities each week. To pre-screen for TANF in Tennessee, click here. Tennessee 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. The state of Tennessee has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits. In addition to financial benefits and help in securing employment, the Tennessee Families First plan also offers childcare assistance. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $185 monthly or $2220 per year.
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 TN or check your Tennessee EBT Card balance.