Temporary Assistance For Needy Families Emergency Fund

The State Community Services Office (SCSO) is disbursing millions of dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).  The Utah Department of Workforce Services is helping this effort by using Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) funds, distributed and monitored by SCSO, to benefit homeless families and those families at risk of becoming homeless.  In conjunction with HPRP, the needs and status of these families will be tracked and success will be measured not just on household level, but also the effect on the homeless system overall.

The TANF program is designed to provide nonrecurring, short-term benefits that:

  • Are designed to deal with a specific crisis situation or episode of need;
  • Are not intended to meet recurrent or ongoing needs; and
  • Will not extend beyond four months

The Eligibility Requirements of TANF;

  • Family income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • Family must contain a citizen or legal resident
  • Family must have a dependent child living with a parent, relative or legal guardian.  A dependent child is defined as a child under the age of 18
  • At least one member of the family must provide a social security number so income and citizenship/residency status may be verified.