There are four main types of income assistance programs – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (however individuals must be aged, blind, or disabled to receive this benefit); earned income tax credits (which require individuals to make enough money to file a tax return), and Pell Grants (cash or tuition assistance to students attending secondary schools). For most non-disabled consumers with children, TANF is the primary income assistance resource. The TANF program provides cash and non-cash benefits to mostly able-bodied families in need of income assistance.
Authorized in 1996 by the Personal Responsibility and . . .