WHAT IS THE TANF PROGRAM?
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a cash assistance program for needy families with dependent children 18 and younger or a child under the age of 19 who is enrolled and attending as a full time student. We also provide assistance for pregnant women with no other dependent children in the home beginning 90 days before the expected date of delivery. All applicants must meet income and eligibility guidelines.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR TANF?
Everyone has the right to apply for TANF
WHERE DO I APPLY FOR TANF?
You can call 1-800-478-3157 and ask for an application to be mailed to you or you can contact your local case manager for an application. If you are applying for TANF and Food Stamps you can request either the AVCP TANF Program or the State of
Alaska’s Food Stamp/Medicaid program to make a copy and send it to the other program.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TANF?
We have 30 days from the date we receive a completed application, in our Bethel office, to determine if your family is eligible to receive TANF benefits. To help expedite your application, please make sure you include all the information outlined in documentation needed to determine eligibility with your application. Your TANF benefits will not start until we receive all information needed to determine your eligibility.
PARTICIPATION IN WORK ACTIVITIES
To receive TANF benefits, you may have to participate in work activities. Temporary Assistance participants must prepare a family self-sufficiency plan that lists steps you will take to become financially independent. You must participate in 25 hours per week in approved work activities unless you qualify for an exemption. For unmarried minor parents, to receive TANF benefits they must live with a parent or in an approved relative living arrangement and attend school or training. If you do not fulfill these work requirements or minor parent requirements your benefits may be reduced or your case may close.
60 MONTH LIFETIME LIMIT
The TANF program includes a 60-month (5 year) life time limit on the length of time a family may receive assistance. Any benefit received from a state or trial family assistance program that is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant counts in this 60-month life time limit, regardless of whether the program is located in Alaska or another state. Some AVCP TANF villages are exempt from the 60 month time limit, but not from the work activity requirement.
CHILD SUPPORT INFORMATION AND COOPERATION
The State of Alaska collect child Support and/ or medical support from any parent who has the duty to pay support on an Alaska Temporary Assistance or Medicaid recipient. This includes any money owed to you at the time you apply, as well as current and future child support payments. When you apply for Temporary Assistance you must:
- Sign over to the AVCP-TANF Program your right to receive and keep child support payments due to you or to a child on Temporary Assistance, and
- Cooperate with the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) by providing information to establish paternity, help locate an absent parent, and enforce a child support obligation.
- Any child support payments given or paid to you while receiving Temporary Assistance benefits must be reported and turned over to the State immediately. If you wish to negotiate or change a child support order, you must obtain a new court order, or get permission from CSED.
DOCUMENTATION NEEDED TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY:
We will need the following information to determine eligibility for the TANF Program. If more items are needed we will request them through a letter in the mail.
- Signed, dated and completed application.
- Copy of adult members picture ID card.
- Copy of the children’s birth certificates.
- Copy of the household social security cards.
- Copy of all earned and unearned income including bank account statements & bingo/pull tab winnings.
- Copy of all utility bills including stove oil and rent.
- If you are applying for anyone who is pregnant or pregnant women coverage verification of pregnancy with expected date of delivery.
- If you are a foster parent please include a copy of the children’s placement papers that include the name, social security number, & date of birth for each foster child.