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State expands TANF work aid
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Georgia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program that provides assistance to poor families, recently instituted the Work Support Program to help working families once they leave TANF with ongoing employment intervention support services.
“Most of our TANF clients have limited work experience and are high school graduates,” Mary Dean Harvey, director of the Division of Family and Children Services, said. “We feel very confident that our comprehensive programs will not only help individuals find work but will help them keep jobs long term and assist in numerous ways in their economic advancement as individuals and families.”
In an expansion of services to families, the program now provides work support payments, transitional support services and job coaches services. The payments assist those who are leaving TANF by giving them cash supplements for 12 months through a two-tiered process — $200 per month for the first six months and $100 per month for the second six months.
Transitional support, available for six months, include incidentals like vehicle maintenance and related expenses. Reimbursement is limited to $1,000.
Job coaches will be available to provide counsel to working individuals and families at least once a week. Job coaches will also work with clients to develop a job retention/career advancement plan, and assist in everyday life and problem-solving skills.
Currently there are 3,000 adults participating in the state’s TANF program.
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