Today’s post is brought to you by Sara Robbins, Benefits Attorney at Solid Ground and Coalition on Homelessness Board Member. Please share this publication with any staff that are working with TANF recipients!
I wanted to let everyone know that there are significant changes happening to the TANF Sanction Rules. Starting November 1, 2014, if someone’s TANF grant is in sanction for 2 consecutive months the TANF grant will close. The current rule is that TANF will close after 4 consecutive months of sanction. I have attached a mailer that was sent out by DSHS to all TANF recipients informing them of the change. I am also including a link to the Washington Law Help publication that gives more information about TANF sanctions.
This rule change is especially important since there is a rule that if someone’s TANF closes 3 times they will be permanently disqualified from receiving TANF. If someone is permanently disqualified, anyone in the household will be ineligible for TANF.
Please feel free to contact myself (see below) or anyone in Family Assistance if you have questions about the rule change, You can also contact us if you are working with families that are currently in sanction or at risk of entering sanction.
Here are the helpful links again: