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Examples: Non-Recurrent Short-Term Benefits

Published: March 9, 2010
Audience:
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Types:
Policy Document

Examples: Non-Recurrent Short-Term Benefits

The following is a list of non-recurrent, short-term benefits in approved State applications for TANF emergency funds. This list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

The definition of a non-recurrent, short-term benefit (found at found at 45 CFR 260.31(b)(1)) states that such a benefit: (1) is designed to deal with a specific crisis situation or episode of need; (2) is not intended to meet recurrent or ongoing needs; and (3) will not extend beyond four months. When applying, a State should describe how each benefit or service in this category meets each of the three criteria.

Links to each State's TANF program can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help

Utilities and Energy Assistance

  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

Housing Assistance (mortgage and/or rent arrears)

  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah

Emergency Housing Assistance

  • Maryland (Emergency and Transitional Housing, Service Linked Housing, Homeless Women Crisis Shelter Program, Homeless Counselors program)
  • Massachusetts (emergency shelter services)
  • New Jersey (Social Services for the Homeless)
  • Oregon (Housing and Community Services – Housing Stabilization Program)

Domestic Violence Services

  • Maryland

Diversion and Welfare Avoidance

  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

Job Support and Readiness

  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Texas

Burial Assistance

  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts

Vehicle Support

  • New York (insurance, car repairs)

Vehicle Payments

  • New York (Wheels for Work)

Earned Income Tax Credit

  • Michigan

Transportation Assistance

  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts

Child Care

  • Colorado

Family Support Services

  • Oregon (short-term respite childcare and parenting support)
  • Texas (Strengthening Families through Enhanced In-Home Support Program)
  • Massachusetts (crib and layette allowance)

Kinship Care

  • Maryland (Kinship Care Flex Funds)
  • New Jersey (Kinship Wraparound Program)
  • Texas (TANF One-time Grandparents Grant, Relative Caregiver Reimbursement Program)

Clothing Allowance

  • Massachusetts
  • New York (fall allowance for clothing, books, and school supplies)
  • Texas (Annual Subsidy for Children on Cash Assistance—back-to-school)

Educational Assistance

  • Oregon (scholarship assistance for families with lack of education)

Emergency Assistance (broadly-defined, one-time payments)

  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Utah