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Illinois Department of Human Services. The program is for families with children and pregnant women who need temporary cash assistance. Those receiving TANF also receive medical assistance. Most TANF families also receive SNAP benefits to buy food. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19 living with you. If your children qualify as citizens or immigrants but you do not, you may receive TANF just for your children.
You do not qualify for TANF if you have been convicted of certain felony offenses, violated your probation or parole, refuse to work or pursue child support enforcement, withhold information needed to determine eligibility, or have used up your five years of TANF benefits. If you are homeless, go to the nearest FCRC. Nextalk or 711 TTY Relay. You may speak to a representative between 8:00 a. You have a choice of submitting your application electronically, or printing out a paper form to mail, fax, or take to your FCRC.
The web site can tell you which FCRC serves your area. You will be asked to come to the FCRC for an interview. At the interview a caseworker will ask you questions and enter your answers into a computer. The caseworker will then print out the application with your answers on it and have you sign it. Social Security cards for everyone, paycheck stubs and proof of other income. There is a limit to how much money you can have and still qualify for TANF.
The caseworker may also ask for proof of other things to show you qualify for assistance. If you need help getting this proof, your caseworker can help you if you ask. IDHS will make a decision on your application and notify you in writing within 45 days. If the notice says your application is turned down and you think the decision is wrong, you can appeal and ask for a fair hearing.
At the hearing, you can explain why you think your application should be approved. For more information about your right to appeal, ask your caseworker or call the toll-free number on the back of this brochure. If your application is approved, you will receive monthly cash and medical benefits as long as you qualify for TANF. The amount of your cash benefits depends on the size of your family and the county where you live. If you also get money from another source, your benefits may be less than the full payment level.
Your cash benefits will be issued electronically through an Illinois Link card or deposited directly into your bank account. In some situations, a check may be mailed to you at your home. You will also receive a medical card that lets you take part in the Healthcare and Family Services’ Medical Assistance program. You can use the medical card to pay for most medical services, as long as the provider accepts the card. If you are eligible, your first medical card may cover your family’s medical expenses for up to three months before the month you applied. Family planning services are covered by the medical card.