This is the Roberts Family. Katie is 34, John is 36, and their daughter Sadie is 8. In order to qualify for TANF, their child must be under 18 and in school, and at least be aiming to gain a job. Also, they can receive aid when one parent is constantly home.
Sadie does not have a job, as she is 8, but likes to help her dad with chores around the house. Katie is currently working as a high school AG teacher, and John used to work with a construction company.
How They Benefited
The provider of the family, John, was laid off from the construction company he used to work for. He has yet to find a new job as many companies were beginning to downsize. Now, Katie works all the time and is not home much anymore. John now stays home taking care of the house and their daughter Sadie.
Steps to Success
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. It aims to provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes, reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. You qualify if you have a child and have lost your source of income.
While John was off, TANF helped prepare him to look for a new job. It also provided their family with money for food, housing, utilities and other expenses during this time of need. thanks to TANF, their bills were paid on time.
John is looking for a new supportive job so he can help bring his family back on their feet. The family is also making a budget and is watching what they spend their money on.