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  • Hello my name is Sarah, I am a single mother of 3 kids and I am 21 years old. I work as a waitress and yesterday one of my coworkers told me I might qualify for some government programs.
  • I went to the local library and saw I was eligible for TANF. TANf is a federal program, but it is administered at the state level. Tomorrow I am going to the Family Community resource center to ask what the assistance families in Illinois receive. I can't stay long though. I have to bring the girls to daycare at 9 and get to work at 9:40.
  • You are eligible for TANF, and in the great state of Illinois with TANF you receive time limited cash assistance for things like food, housing and child care. You said you have a GED?"
  • Yes but it has not helped me obtain a job that takes care of my children and I comfortably.
  • It usually doesn't right after high school but you can use it to go to community college and you did say you wanted to be a web developer, that job only needs an associate degree. TANF does not pay for tuition, but its community college so you can pay for it with scholarships, grants or the FAFSA.
  • Eight months later
  • Ever since I have been receiving TANF life has been easier for me and my girls. We moved to a better apartment that is partly paid for by TANF. It pays childcare, which helps me attend community college part time. I believe I should complete my degree in four years. TANF has a time limit of five years but I know that is enough time for me to get my degree and start working.
  • Four years later
  • We all moved to a better apartment last week and Liah now has her own room. I know life is gonna be difficult, but now I can see the sunshine through the clouds .
  • I graduate from the community college 2 months ago. I started to work for a local company last month and we're doing very well. The job gives multiple employee benefits. My TANF assistance has been going down, but it goes down as income goes up.
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