Understanding TANF Benefits and Payments in Illinois: In Illinois, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps pregnant women and families with children who depend on them by giving them short-term money. It helps pay for things like food, housing, and bills.
To be eligible, a person must be pregnant or have a child under 19 living with them. Women who are pregnant and don’t have any other children can qualify. You have to live in Illinois, and being poor does not keep you from applying.
You must also be a citizen of the United States or meet certain visa standards. People who get help must make a plan for self-sufficiency and stick to it.
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How much does the state give out in TANF?
Illinois raised the amount of TANF money each family gets to 30% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as of October 1, 2022. The only amount of money that TANF can pay is 75% of the amount that it can pay for both adults and children. Because the wage level went up, the numbers of the Initial Employment Deduction (IED) have also changed. The cases that are still open in October 2022 will be affected by these changes.
TANF helps people become more independent by giving them short-term cash aid for basic needs, transitioning services like school and job training, help with child care, work stipends, services to help people keep their jobs, and more. People are checked for drug abuse, mental health problems, and domestic violence, and they are then referred to services that can help.
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People who get TANF may also be able to get medical help from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) and SNAP payments. There are also programs that can help with things like phone service (Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Assistance Programs) and home improvements (Weatherization and LIHEAP programs).
People can fill out an online application or go to their neighborhood office to apply for TANF assistance. You can use the Office Locator tool from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to find the Family Community Resource Center that is closest to you. People can use the DHS Office Locator or call the DHS Help Line to get more information and tools.