The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Wages

Once recipients get a job, they still have to figure out if their wages will be enough to support their family with the added expenses of child care and transportation.  TANF recipients who secure employment receive reduced Cash Assistance, either in a reduced TANF grant or in the form of Transitional Cash Assistance.  Participants and their children leaving TANF retain Medicaid eligibility for up to 1 year.

I was on my way to the overtime job that I was doing when I got my food stamps cut off.  They had called me to work there for one day.  So, I was thinking to myself, “Well, if I go down here this one day, are they going cut my food stamps off?  I really didn’t know what to do.  At the time I was walking through there, it made me think, “Was I going to get cut off again?” What kind of programs can the City do to help us stay on the food stamp program when we do extra work?  I don’t think it’s fair for us to get reprimanded for doing something positive.  That’s why I chose that picture."

 

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