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Other Government Assistance

FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Florida offers a Food Assistance Program through the Florida Department of Children and Families. This program is designed to assist low-income households with the purchase of nutritious food for the family table. The amount of Food Assistance benefits depends on the number of people in the household that purchase and prepare their food together and how much monthly income is left after certain expenses are deducted.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Individuals must meet all factors of eligibility to get Food Assistance benefits. These include:

  • Proof of identity
  • Individuals between the ages of 18 to 50, who are not disabled and don’t have any dependent children, must work 20 hours a week to receive food stamps. Individuals who are not working or participating in a workforce program may only receive Food Assistance for three months in a three year period.
  • Households must have a monthly income (before taxes) less than or equal to 130% of the federal poverty level and net income (after taxes) less than or equal to 100% of the poverty level. Households containing individuals who are age 60 or older or disabled must only meet the net monthly income limit. Some household expenses may be subtracted from the monthly income in the Food Assistance budget. Deductions are given for shelter expenses, childcare, medical, child support, and earnings.
  • Applicant must live in the state of Florida.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • Applicant must provide a Social Security Number or proof that they have applied for a Social Security Number.
  • Must cooperate with the state’s child support enforcement agency to establish paternity and obtain child support.
  • Households may have up to $2,000 in assets (ex: bank accounts and property, but not the home you live in) or if at least one person is age 60 or older or disabled, their household may have up to $3,000 in assets.

FOOD ASSISTANCE PURCHASES

 Food Assistance benefit may be used to purchase food and plants and seeds used to grow food for the household to eat. Food Assistance benefits cannot be used to purchase any non-food items, for example:

  • No Pet food
  • No Soap, paper products, and household supplies
  • No Grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics
  • No Alcoholic beverages or tobacco

TEMPORARY CASH ASSISTANCE (TCA)

The TCA program provides cash assistance to families with children under the age of 18 or under age 19 if full time high school students, that meet certain requirements. The program helps families become self-supporting while allowing children to remain in their own homes. Pregnant women may also receive TCA, either in the third trimester of pregnancy (7th month) if unable to work, or in the 9th month of pregnancy. Parents, children and minor siblings who live together must apply together.

TIME LIMITS

Cash assistance is limited to a lifetime cumulative total of 48 months as an adult (except for child only cases which have no time limit). Temporary Cash Assistance is a temporary support program that encourages and moves families toward self-sufficiency.

WORK REQUIREMENTS

In order to receive TCA, individuals are required to participate in work activities unless they are exempt. Regional Workforce Boards provide work activities and services needed to get or keep a job. INCOME Almost all types of income are counted to determine if a household is eligible. Household gross income must be less than 185% of the federal poverty level (for the family size).

OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • Must be resident of Florida
  • Everyone applying for TCA must have a Social Security Number or proof that they have applied for a Social Security Number
  • Household’s countable assets must be equal to or less than $2,000
  • Licensed vehicles needed for individuals subject to work requirements may not exceed a combined value of $8,500
  • A child must be living in the home maintained by a parent or a relative who is a blood relative of the child
  • The parent or the caretaker relative of the child(ren) must cooperate with child support enforcement to identify and locate the noncustodial parent(s), assist in establishing the paternity of the child(ren), and assist in establishing support payments for the child
  • Children under age 5 must be current with childhood immunizations
  • Children age 6 to 18 must attend school and parents/caretakers must attend school conferences.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Florida Department of Children and Families
210 N. Palmetto Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(866) 762-2237