Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho Program 6/2010
Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) is a cash assistance program managed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Self Reliance office.
On August 22, 1996, “The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996” (PRWORA) became law. This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation changed the nation’s welfare system into one requiring work in exchange for time-limited assistance. It created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The law marked the end of federal entitlement to assistance. In TANF, states were required to develop a cash assistance program that was time limited, included a skills assessment, work requirements, a definition of eligible work activities, and educational requirements for teens.
In Idaho, the TANF cash assistance program is known as Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI). The goals of TAFI are jobs for participants and support for both personal and family responsibility. This focus requires more than government alone can or should provide. This program requires relationships where participants, families, local communities and employers work together to help participants obtain employment and achieve self-reliance.
The TAFI Program:
- Has a 24-month lifetime limit
- Pays $309 per month regardless of household size
- Requires participants to work
- Includes alcohol and substance abuse screening
- Is available only to "needy" families with children. A family is deemed needy if the household’s countable income is below 32% of current federal poverty level.
- In addition to the $309 per month, supportive services funds are available to assist participants to find or retain work
- Provides enhanced work services to families receiving cash assistance.
You can apply for TAFI cash assistance at your local Health and Welfare's Self Reliance office or contact the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine to have an application mailed to you. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588.
You can search for TAFI contact information in the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine online database.