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TAFDC - Work Program Requirements - Massachusetts

TAFDC grantees may receive up to 60 days of assistance while not meeting work program requirements. During this initial period, the grantee is responsible for taking initiatives to prepare for work program requirements that must be met after 60 days. A dependent child(ren) must meet work program requirements, unless exempt (see below).

After 60 days, non-exempt recipients must work in a paid job 20 hours per week or participate in one of several Employment Services Programs. Participants must attend orientation and assessment, develop an employment plan, and attend at least 75% of the scheduled hours in one of the following:

         Basic Job Search

         Structured Job Search

         Education Services

         Skills Training

         Supported Employment

         Volunteer placement in the TEMP Community Service Program for 20 hours per week

         Full-time employment through the Full Employment Program

         Post-Employment Services

Participants may combine the hours of work and community service hours to total 20 hours per week to meet work program requirements.

If non-exempt recipients do not comply with the work rules, the TAFDC grant is reduced by eliminating the parent from the grant. If non-compliance continues, the grant is completely terminated.

Exempt Recipients

Certain TAFDC grantees are exempt from the work program requirements. Exemptions include:

         Recipients who have documented disabilities that prevent them from working

         Recipients whose youngest child is not school age

         Recipients who are needed in the home to care for a disabled family member

         Certain recipients who are in education program

See also:

TAFDC - Exempt Households - Massachusetts

TAFDC - Non-Financial Eligibility Overview - Massachusetts

TAFDC - Overview - Massachusetts

Source

Information for this topic was drawn from 106 CMR 203.400 on the DTA website (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at:
http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dta/g_reg_203.pdf

Additional information for this topic was drawn from 106 CMR 207.100-185 on the DTA website (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at:
http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dta/g_reg_207.pdf


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