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TANF Work Program

Federal regulations require all adults and minor heads of household in the TANF assistance unit to participate satisfactorily in the TANF Work Program (TWP) unless the person meets an exemption from work requirements.

The goal of the TANF Work Program is to end the dependence on public assistance by helping people prepare for a job and assisting with job placement and job retention. The TANF Work Program serves all TANF recipients who must participate or who volunteer in order to receive assistance in finding and keeping a job. TANF support services are available, if needed.

Work Program Activities

The following work activities are offered and each activity has certain participation requirements and restrictions:

  • Job readiness and job search activities
  • Employment
  • On-the-job training
  • Work experience programs
  • Community service programs
  • Vocational education (not to exceed 12 months)
  • High school or GED equivalent, if under age 20
  • Job skills training directly related to employment
  • Education directly related to employment

For information on available job services, go to http://www.mdes.ms.gov.

Work Program Exemptions

Exemption from work program requirements may be allowed for the following reasons:

  • Disability
  • Caretaker of an ill or incapacitated person (verified by a physician)
  • Age - Over 60 or under 18
  • Domestic violence - documented by a physician and law enforcement records (not to exceed 12 months)
  • Temporary Disability - not lasting more than 30 days
  • Pregnancy - third trimester based on medical complications verified by a physician
  • Substance Abuse Treatment – This exemption may only be requested at the time of application, reevaluation or change from exempt to mandatory participation status.
  • Child Care-This exemption applies if you are caring for a child under 12 months of age.  This exemption is limited to a lifetime maximum of 12 months, regardless of the number of children you have.

TANF Supportive Services

TANF Work Program participants may take advantage of TANF supportive services while they work or participate in work program activities, if needed. Compliance with work program requirements and satisfactory participation are required.  

TANF Work Program participants who lose eligibility for TANF benefits may be eligible for TANF transitional supportive services to help with child care and transportation expenses.  Eligibility for TANF transitional supportive services is based on continued employment and work hours.

More information is available in the TANF Work Program Supportive Services brochure.

TANF Transitional Services

The TANF family, participating in the TANF Work Program, may be eligible to receive TANF transitional supportive services if TANF eligibility is lost due to earned income. These benefits include assistance with child care expenses through the Transitional Child Care (TCC) Program and assistance with work expenses through the Transitional Transportation Program.

To learn more about the TANF Work Program and the available supportive services in the following brochures.

SNAP/TANF Customer Service

Email: ea.customerservice@mdhs.ms.gov

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