Florida Temporary Cash Assistance: Next Month’s Aid Schedule

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The TCA Program in Florida provides cash assistance to families with children under the age of 18 (or under the age of 19 if they are full-time high school students) who satisfy certain technical, income, and asset requirements. The program seeks to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency while ensuring that children remain in their own households. Pregnant women may also receive TCA if they are unable to work during the third trimester or during the ninth month of pregnancy. It is essential for parents, children, and minor siblings residing together to submit a joint application.

Florida’s Cash Assistance Eligibility Rules

Time Frames: Adults can receive financial assistance for up to 48 months, excluding cases involving only children, which have no time limit.

Work Rules: Certain individuals are required to engage in work activities unless they qualify for an exemption. Regional Workforce Boards provide essential employment-related services.

Income and Deductions: Gross income must be below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, and gross earned income must be reduced by $90.

Citizenship: Applicants must be citizens of the United States or eligible non-citizens.

Residency: You must be a Florida resident.

Social Security Number: Provide a Social Security Number or evidence of application.

Asset: Countable family assets cannot exceed $2,000, and the combined value of essential work vehicles cannot exceed $8,500.

Relationship: An infant must reside with either a parent or a blood relative.

Child Support Cooperation: Parents must cooperate with the enforcement of child support obligations.

Immunization and Learnfare: Children under the age of five must have up-to-date immunizations, and children ages six to eighteen must attend school, with parents required to attend conferences.

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An Overview of the TCA – Relative Caregiver Program

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The TCA – Relative Caregiver Program provides eligible relatives with monthly cash assistance if they have custody of a child under 18 who is court-ordered dependent by a Florida court and who was placed in their home by a Department of Children and Families Child Welfare/Community Based Care (CW/CBC) contracted provider. The assistance amount varies dependent on the age and income of the child.

Optional State Supplement: Unlocking Additional Financial Support

The Optional State Supplementation (OSS) Program provides elderly or disabled residents of certain non-institutional living facilities with monthly financial payments. Those who require assistance with daily activities due to physical or mental impairments may qualify.

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