TANF: TANF Overview

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a time limited,  cash assistance program designed to assist families with minor children meet basic living expenses while providing a variety of educational and employment training opportunities.  These opportunities build and enhance employability skills with the goal of successfully moving the family into long term employment and self-sufficiency.

TANF recipients and their Social Service Specialist work closely together to determine their educational needs and career goals to ensure the placement in appropriate educational and /or training components to meet their career goals. Examples of training may include GED/ Literacy classes, short/long term training in local technology centers or community colleges ,and work based training.

In addition, TANF recipients may also have the opportunity to work with Career Development Specialists (CDS) who assist with training in professional resume writing, interviewing skills, job search and employment retention.   The CDS may also be able to promote employment readiness through placements in Community Partnership, Work Experience Program and the Subsidized Employment Program.

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