Newtown Youth and Family Services

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Case Management Program (TANF-CM), formerly known as the Safety Net Program, is a statewide home-based case management and basic needs support program designed to promote self-sufficiency and child well-being. The program assists recipients of Temporary Family Assistance through intensive, solution focused case management and care coordination to identify and reduce barriers to sustained employment, increase access to community resources, and nurture child development. Provided by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) through support from both the CT Department of Social Services (DSS) and the CT Department of Labor (DOL).

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Our Approach:

Our Areas of Service:

  • Family Centered
  • Strength-Based
  • Culturally and Linguistically Sensitive
  • Multi-Generational
  • Collaborative
  • Home-Based
  • Results Driven
  • Goal Setting to Manage Barriers
  • Budgeting and Housing Needs
  • Managing Work and Life
  • Transportation Problems
  • Communication Skills
  • Developing Job Skills
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Resources
  • Life Skills

Active TANF Barrier Intervention:

Department of Labor (DOL) case workers from the Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program refer families for TANF CM services that focus on assessing families’ strengths, barriers, family-centered goal setting and barrier reduction. CCFSA TANF Case Managers work with families to develop and act upon individualized plans, helping them eliminate barriers and move towards self-sufficiency. They also connect families with community resources, services and opportunities. Families are eligible for services for 12 months. TFA clients referred to this program receive intensive support to meet the goals of their personal employability plan. They work with Case Managers to address barriers that may result in the sanctioning process.

Safety Net (SN) / Non-Active TANF - Basic Needs:

This program provides intensive support to participants who have exhausted time limits of TFA and are not eligible for an extension. Families receive case management and care coordination services and may be eligible to receive basic needs payments including rent payments, utilities, security deposits and food vouchers. Clients may participate for up to twelve months. REFERRALS ARE MADE BY A DSS WORKER OR DIRECTLY BY FAMILIES.

Active TANF - Individual Performance Contract (AT-IPC):

This program assists families who are at risk of losing cash benefits during their initial 21 months of cash assistance. AT-IPC provides intensive, short-term supports for families who are at risk of losing benefits due to non-compliance with JFES. This program helps families restore “good faith” status and helps them become eligible for an extension of cash benefits.