Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Work First is a “pay after performance” program designed for customers who receive TANF benefits, and are exhibiting difficulty with obtaining employment.  ABJ is required to assure that each enrolled customer is assigned to work and training activities to supplement other activities.

Those activities include Work Experience, Community Service, Unsubsidized Employment, Subsidized Employment, Vocational Education Training, Job Search and Job Readiness Activities, Job Skills Training and Education Directly Related to Employment.


What is the purpose of this service?

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.


What are the services offered?

• Time-limited cash assistance for basic needs, such as food, clothing, housing, etc.

• Transitional services to help families become independent, such as GED preparation, vocational training, postsecondary education, vocational rehabilitation, classes in basic English, help with childcare, work stipends, job retention services, etc.

• Screening for issues related to substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence, and referrals for available services to address them.

• A person who gets TANF may also get medical assistance and Food Stamps.

• If a family who receives TANF qualifies, DHS also provides them food stamp benefits

• EarnFare (IDHS)

• Food stamp employment & training job placement and

• TANF job placement