Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Created on: 
Mar 30 2016

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What happens when Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income is added to other cash programs?

Tribal TANF income added to any other cash program does not always result in termination. Tribal TANF is budgeted as unearned income. See EA-Z Manual - Treatment - WAC 388-450-0025 What is unearned income?

What happens when a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) client starts receiving Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits?

A household eligible for a Tribal TANF program cannot receive state and Tribal TANF in the same month. See EA-Z Manual - WAC 388-400-0005 Who is eligible for temporary assistance for needy families?.

When Tribal TANF (TT) income is entered, the system automatically closes the TANF assistance unit for Reason Code 112 – Receiving Tribal TANF Benefits.

What happens to an associated Basic Food Assistance Unit when the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) AU closes for receipt of Tribal TANF benefits?

Basic Food does not transform to Transitional Food Assistance (TFA) when there is Tribal TANF income coded.

The Basic Food AU remains categorically eligible as long as there is Tribal TANF income coded.

For more information on TFA, see Transitional Food Assistance (TFA).

Online Processing

How do I code Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income?

  1. From the Case Actions page, select Start Changes in the appropriate benefit month.
  2. On the Income page, click the Add icon and select Unearned Income.
  3. Select the Head of Household from the Client dropdown.
  4. On the Unearned Income page update the following fields:
  • Source field - select Tribal TANF Benefits (TT).
  • Method field - select Anticipated Monthly (AM).
  • Income Amounts field - enter [the monthly amount of the Tribal Tanf income] and verification value.
  1. On the Eligibility page, click the Details link.
  2. On the Eligibility Details page, click the Confirm Benefits button.
  3. On the Eligibility page, click the Commit Changes button.

If there was an ACES TANF Assistance Unit open for the household, it closes with Reason Code 112 - Receiving Tribal TANF Benefits.

How do I remove Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income coding?

  1. From the Case Actions page, select Start Changes in the appropriate benefit month.
  2. On the Income page in the Unearned Income section, delete the Tribal TANF income by putting a check in the delete box to the right of the income.
  3. Then click the Add icon and select Other Agency Application/Benefit, from the Client drop down choose the person who was receiving the Tribal TANF.  Click Next.
  4. On the Other Agency Application/Benefit page update the following fields:
  • Type field - select Tribal TANF (TT).
  • Status field - select either: Not Eligible for TFA (N) or Yes Eligible for TFA (Y), depending on whether the household is TFA eligible.
  • Date field - enter [the last day the TT was received].
  1. On the Eligibility page, click the Details link.
  • If there is active food assistance, it trickles to TFA when Yes Eligible for TFA (Y) has been selected for the Status on the Other Agency Application/Benefit page.
  1. On the Eligibility Details page, click the Confirm Benefits button.
  2. On the Eligibility page, click the Commit Changes button.

Mainframe Processing

How do I code Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income?

  1. From AMEN, select Option [R] – Interim/Hist Change in the appropriate benefit month.
  2. On the UNER screen for the person with the Tribal TANF, complete the fields as follows: 
  • Client Srce field - enter [TT].
  • Inc Mthd field - enter [AM].
  • Freq field - [MO].
  • Amt 1 field - enter [the amount of the tribal tanf income].
  • V field - enter [Verification value].
  1. Call DONE and commit the data.

If there was an ACES TANF Assistance Unit open for the household, it closes with Reason Code 112 - Receiving Tribal TANF Benefits.

How do I remove Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income coding?

  1. From AMEN, select Option [R] – Interim/Hist Change in the appropriate benefit month.
  2. On the UNER screen for the person with the Tribal TANF, for the TT income enter [Y] in the Del field.
  3. At the bottom of the UNER screen in the Application/Benefit fields update the following fields: 
  • Type field  - enter [TT].
  • Stat field - enter [[N] - Not TFA Eligible or [Y] - Yes TFA Eligible].
  • Date field - enter [the date the tribal tanf ended].
  1. Transmit, Edit 0022 PRESS F24 TO CONFIRM DELETION displays, press <F24> (Shift F12)
  2. Call DONE and commit the data.

If there is active food assistance, it trickles to TFA when the Application/Benefit Stat field contains Y-Yes Eligible for TFA.

 

See ACES Screens and Online Pages for an example of pages or screens used in this chapter.