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Cash Assistance

There are two types of temporary assistance TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and Safety Net Assistance.

TANF or  Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

This program provides financial assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their homes or in the homes of relatives.

The Family Assistance allowance consists of a basic grant allowance, plus a home energy allowance, plus a supplemental energy allowance, plus a shelter allowance, plus a fuel allowance if heat is not included in the rent.  Each allowance category has a maximum and varies according to family size. 

For Example:  
A household consisting of one parent and three children would receive:
                         Basic Allowance:                    433.00
                         Energy allowance:                  38.70
                         Special Energy allowance:     30.00
                         Shelter allowance:                  319.00
                         Fuel allowance:                      60.00
                         For a total budget of:              880.00 per month 
                        (It is always rounded down) 

Family Assistance parents, unless otherwise exempt, must be involved in work or a work-related activity for 40 hours each week.  For the employed FA parent, there are income disregards applied in calculating eligibility and the amount of assistance.

Parents are also responsible for cooperating with the local Department of Social Services in locating any absent parent and are required to pursue child support.  Non-cooperation without good cause could result in lower benefits.

Safety Net Assistance
Safety Net assistance is the New York State category of temporary assistance provided to needy individuals (single individuals or childless couples) in which either the lack of income or wages received is insufficient to keep the households income and resources above the State determined standard of need.

The Safety Net assistance allowances and work requirements are the same as Family Assistance but do not have the disregards that are available to Family Assistance participants.

Currently Chemung County has a total of 731 active Temporary Assistance cases. 421 are TANF and 310 are Safety Net. 47% of the 731 cases are child only cases which means they live with a parent that is in receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or with someone other than a parent. 34% of the remaining cases have at least one adult member of the household that is disabled and 19% are considered employable and must participate in mandated work requirements such as Job Search, Job Readiness Training and Work Experience.

It is necessary for applicants of all our programs to provide documentation to determine program eligibility.  These documents are required for everyone, in the household, applying for services.  This documentation may include but is not limited to:

Required Documentation

Identity                                        Date of Birth
Citizenship                                  Bank Accounts
Social Security Number              Vehicles
Residency                                   Income
Household composition               Fuel Provider  
Rent expense