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Program Description:

Family Assistance (FA) provides cash assistance to needy families that include a minor child living with a parent (including families where both parents are in the household) or a caretaker relative. FA operates under Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) guidelines. Under FA, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more FA benefits. The months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count. The counting of this 60-month limit began in December 1996. Parents and other adult relatives receiving FA, and who are determined to be able to work must comply with Federal work requirements to receive FA benefits. Parents and other caretakers are also responsible for cooperating with the local department of social services in locating any absent parent. Non-cooperation without good cause could result in lower benefits.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of New York, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 18 years of age or under 19 years of age and the child regularly attends secondary school, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have no or low income.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To find out if you are eligible to receive Family Assistance, including help with an emergency, you need to file an application with your county Department of Social Services (DSS) or, if you live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, with your local Job Center. Your county DSS office can be located at the following location:


Program Contact Information:

To learn more about New York Family Assistance please visit:

For further information about FA, you may call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press ?3? for Temporary Assistance.


Managing Agency:

New York

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