Public Assistance Safety Net
Safety Net was established to provide assistance for individuals and families who are ineligible for other federal public assistance programs. This program has a cash and a non cash component. Safety Net replaces Home Relief.
Persons eligible for Safety Net Assistance:
- Adults without dependent children
- Persons under age 18 without a dependent child who do not live with an adult relative.
- Families otherwise eligible for public assistance in which any adult member, who is required to be a member of the household, is determined to be unable to work due to the abuse of alcohol/drugs. This adult household member must be in compliance with the screening, assessment and rehabilitation requirements.
- Members of a household in which any adult required to be a member of the household refuses to comply with the drug/alcohol requirements. The non-complying adult is ineligible for assistance.
- Aliens who are eligible for public assistance but not for federal reimbursement.
- Families that have exhausted the 60-month limit for TANF.
Persons not eligible for Safety Net Assistance:
- Persons not legally residing in the US or cannot document that they are legally residing in the US.
- Aliens who are not eligible for public assistance.
- Persons who are sanctioned from Family Assistance or Safety Net.
- Persons or families who fail to comply with eligibility requirements of either program.
- Except as set forth above in the eligible section, persons residing with a minor child.
- Persons eligible for 8 months of refugee Cash Assistance (case type 16 with appropriate federal charge codes)
Applicants/recipients of Safety Net must meet all applicable requirements generally governing public assistance programs, including, but not limited to
- Determination of initial and continuing eligibility
- Standards of assistance
- Provision of services
- Cooperation with drug/alcohol rules
- Cooperation with child support enforcement
- Notification of decision
- Authorization and payment of grants
- Handling of injuries
- Appeals and requests for Fair Hearing
The requirements on families of the Family Assistance program, such as minor parent and absence of a minor parent and absence of a minor provisions, also apply to families in Safety Net.
Applicants/recipients must meet the employment requirements found in Department of Labor regulations.