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Temporary Assistance is temporary help for needy adults and children. If an applicant is unable to work, can't find a job or his/her job does not pay enough, Temporary Assistance may be able to pay for some household expenses.
There are two major Temporary Assistance Programs:
- 1. Family Assistance (FA) provides cash assistance to eligible needy families that include a minor child living with a parent (including families where both parents are in the household) or a caretaker relative. It is operated under federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) guidelines. Under FA, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his/her FA household are ineligible to receive any more FA benefits.
- 2. Safety Net Assistance (SNA) is available for individuals who are not eligible for other assistance programs.
Safety Net Assistance is for:
- Single Adults
- Childless Couples
- Children living apart from any adult relative
- Families of person refusing drug/alcohol screening, assessment of treatment
- Person who have exceeded the 60-month limit on assistance
- Aliens who are eligible for public assistance, but who are not eligible for federal reimbursement
Generally, individuals can receive Safety Net Assistance in cash for a maximum of two years in a lifetime. After that, if you are eligible of Safety Net Assistance, it will be provided in no-cash form, such as a two-party check or a voucher. In addition, non-cash SNA is provided for:
- Families of persons abusing drugs or alcohol
- Families of persons refusing drug/alcohol screening assessment or treatment
Herkimer County residents who meet income and resource guidelines in accordance with Regulation Code Book 18 NY CRR and Social Services law.
Client Fees: None
Q. What kind of expenses will Temporary Assistance help pay?
A. Food & Clothing costs, Rent or Mortgage costs, Heat, Gas/Electricity, Water and other Utilities, Other special needs such as: housing & household-related items, catastrophic loss and pregnancy.
Q. How are emergencies handled?
A. If the department is told that someone has an emergency, an interview will be conducted that day and a decision will be given in writing to the applicant that same day.
An emergency is defined as an urgent need or a situation that has to be taken care of right away. Some examples of emergencies are:
- Little or no food
- The landlord has told the applicant he/she must move or has given eviction papers
- No fuel for heating in the cold weather period
- Utilities are shut-off or a 72 hours disconnect notice has been given
- The applicant or a family member has been beaten, abused or threatened with violence by a husband, wife, partner or other member of the household
- Little or no income, few or no resources
- Income and resources are less than the total of rent or mortgage plus heat, utilities and phone
- Migrant or seasonal farm worker