TEMPORARY CASH ASSISTANCE (TCA)
This program provides financial assistance to families seeking self-sufficiency through employment and to children in the care of relatives.
Who is eligible?
A low-income household in which a child is deprived due to:
- absence of one or both parents
- death of one or both parents
- incapacitation of one or both parents
- unemployment or underemployment of one or both parents
It is important to remember that there is a FIVE (5) YEAR LIFETIME LIMIT on receiving Temporary Cash Assistance.
As an applicant for TCA, you will be expected to participate in up-front job search, unless an exemption exists for your case. You will need to look for a job while your application for TCA and Child Support are being processed.
During your job search you are required to have five (5) in-person job contacts every week.
You will be given a job journal to document your in-person job contacts. Your case manager will assign you an appointment weekly to return the journal.
Your case manager will assign a date for you to participate in the Bridges Class. This class is a five (5) day job readiness class that runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
You are required to register with the Employment Resource Center located at our Agency.
Ten in-person job contacts are required if you are re-applying for TCA.
If you are not successful in your job search, you may be re-assigned to a work experience job site.
If you are offered a job of 30 hours a week or more at minimum wage or above, you must accept it and notify your case manager within five (5) days of beginning employment.
Your case manager will discuss Child Care Assistance available through the Department.
The Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBTS):
The Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBTS) allows recipients to access their Cash Assistance and/or Food Stamp benefits through the use of an ATM card at designated ATM machines at banks and in grocery stores. On-site training is available each day for customers to access their accounts.
How do I apply?
You may apply for Temorary Cash Assistance at our Office Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.